Friday night (08-12-11), ex-NBA great Dennis Rodman was enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame along with Artis Gilmore, assistant coach Tex Winter and seven others.
But when it came time for Rodman’s speech, it wasn’t a simple “thank you for this great honor” kind of thing. Nope, the audience and folks watching on TV got an emotional Rodman who testified about his failures as a son to his mother and as a father and husband to his wife and his three children. (Who knew he had a wife and 3 children?)
Rodman came on stage wearing a jacket with “DR” and his Pistons’ No. 10 and Bulls’ No. 91 in sequins with lace sleeves protruding. He immediately started boohoo-ing before going through several thank-yous, saving extra praise for his former coach, Phil Jackson, Lakers owner Jerry Buss, former Pistons coach, the late Chuck Daly and James Rich, the father of a family that took him in during college.
Check out the video for all the drama: