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Dennis Rodman: Pistons Retire Number as Worm Heads to Basketball Hall of Fame

1989:  Dennis Rodman #10 of the Detroit Pistons looks on during a game in the 1988-1989 NBA season.  (Photo by Otto Greule/Getty Images)
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Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IApril 1, 2011

Dennis Rodman, the five-time NBA champion and two-time Defensive Player of the Year, is finally headed to the place he most belongs in this world—the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Rodman, whose No. 10 jersey was retired tonight in Detroit for his solid seven-year stint as a Bad Boy Piston, said during the ceremony that he'd also been told he was heading to the Hall.

In addition to winning two titles there, "The Worm" collected three more in the Windy City as a member of the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls.

Current Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau spoke of Rodman's induction.

"Real smart player," Thibodeau said, according to ESPNChicago.com. "A very unselfish player. Team player. And more of a complete player than he's given credit for. Everyone knows about the defense and the rebounding, but he was a great screener and he was a great passer. And he could score when he needed to. To me, probably the best thing you can say about him is that he's a big-time winner, too. A fierce competitor. I've got a lot of respect for him. He had a great career."

Not only was Rodman a big-time winner and a fierce competitor, he was also one of the greatest rebounders and defenders the game of basketball has ever seen.

As a basketball fan, I had nothing but the utmost respect for the Worm, and even though his eccentric personality sometimes took favor in the public's opinion of him, there is no denying that his inclusion into the Hall is worthy.

I myself have stated Rodman's cause in the past, and it is indeed a relief to see the voters finally give the man what he deserved.

In 14 seasons in the association, Rodman averaged 7.3 points and 13.2 rebounds, but statistics don't always tell the facts when it comes to stating a player's case.

He was one of the greatest lockdown and post defenders the game has ever seen, and in addition "The Menace" was the best rebounder of quite possibly basketball's most exciting generation.

He pulled down more than 16 rebounds on average in a season on four separate campaigns, a truly telling number considering the man was only 6'6" and tremendously undersized.

I know I can't wait to hear his acceptance speech.

Congratulations to Dennis Rodman on finally getting the recognition he deserves, and in doing so, earning himself a spot among the best to ever play the game of basketball.

You deserve it, Dennis.

Joseph Fafinski is currently a freshman at the University of Missouri. Originally from Chaska, Minnesota, Joseph is the Minnesota Timberwolves Featured Columnist and a frequent writer of the NBA, NFL, and MLB. You can e-mail Joseph at jef3m8@mail.missouri.edu or on Twitter at  @JosephFafinski.

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