Saturday, August 13, 2011

Rodman Speaks From the Heart

Dennis Rodman spoke from the heart in his Naismith Hall of Fame induction speech on Friday night.  Throughout his career He's been known as a colorful and flamboyant personality.  He's been known for his personal troubles but on this night, he acknowledged all his transgressions and personal failures.

Rodman also thanked those close to him and who he's turned to in the past and the present.  He talked about Chuck Daly and Phil Jackson as two instrumental personalities in his life.

Rodman turned to his wife and children and acknowledged that he's been a bad father and husband.  He turned to his mom and acknowledged the fractured relationship with her.

We don't have to forget Rodman's past or his transgressions but I have a new found respect for the man.  In front of thousands of people, Rodman confront the truth head on.  His speech wasn't one of personal triumph and pomp and circumstance or a tirade against his foes. 

Rodman showed that he truly loved his sport and was grateful for getting a chance to play in the NBA.  Dennis Rodman was a great player but what will define his future is what type of man he becomes and how he confronts his demons.

I believe that to tackle your personal demons or challenges, you must acknowledge the truth head on.  Rodman did that this evening.  Rodman also opened up to his fans and invited them int his heart. I hope that Rodman is able to move forward in his life and work on fixing his troubles.  tonight was a positive step forward.

At the very least, tonight's speech wasn't your typical drab speech.  Rodman spoke form the heart.  Maybe we shouldn't be surprised with his speech.  Dennis Rodman is a unique individual who isn't afraid to do things differently.


  1. Several great players were enshrined tonight, but the most deserving new HOFer was 89-year-old coach Tex Winter. His induction was years overdue, but at least came while he was still alive, though he was unable to deliver his own acceptance speech due to the effects of the stroke he suffered a couple of years ago. He invented the triangle offense while head coach at Kansas St in the 1950s and spent 24 years as Phil Jackson's assistant, drilling it into Jackson and a slew of Bull and Laker players. (My one kind word for a trojan.)

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