The Specialists: Dennis Rodman, Ben Wallace, and a Call For Defense In The HOF

February 9th, 2011 by William Johnson Leave a reply »
“I feel all great teams have two things in common: defense and rebounding. . .”

–Larry Brown

A constant argument around the water cooler, if you will, has been the presence of Dennis Rodman on the shortlist of candidates for the next basketball Hall of Fame class. I, personally, always felt Rodman was a candidate for the Hall of Fame, at least in my heart.

As a young lad I idolized the guy as a player (I can’t stress the player part enough). He embodied all that I desired to be in an athlete/basketball player.

As a larger guy with slow speed and a limited range offensively, I tried to utilize my low center of gravity, strength, and fair-to-medium hops to be an expert rebounder and defender.

My theory: leave no carom un-chased (even fighting for the rebound and not winning was a moral victory under the basket as it let the opponent know this will NEVER be easy) and make yourself a wall that others have to go through or around. I learned all of this from Dennis Rodman.

Rodman, often called the Worm, was better suited to the slightly insulting ‘Freak’. He was certainly as tall a ...

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