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Friday, February 11th, 2011 at 1:42 pm  |  45 responses

Detroit Pistons to Retire Dennis Rodman’s Jersey

The Pistons will honor The Worm with a jersey retirement ceremony on April 1, 2011 (in a game, ironically, against the Chicago Bulls.) This is well-deserved, and then some: “The Detroit Pistons announced today that the club will retire Dennis Rodman’s #10 jersey during a halftime ceremony on April 1, 2011 when the Pistons host the Chicago Bulls at The Palace of Auburn Hills. ‘I’m pleased that we are honoring Dennis for his accomplishments as a player and his contributions to the success of the organization,’ said Joe Dumars, President of Basketball Operations for the Pistons. ‘His jersey retirement is well deserved.’ … ‘Individual accomplishments have never been a big deal for me as a player, but to be honored for my contributions in this way by the Detroit Pistons organization is truly humbling,’ Rodman said in a statement issued through his manager, Steven Simon of Prince Marketing Group. ‘This organization gave me a chance to blossom regardless of my size or what school I came from. My only regret is that the man that believed in me more than I did myself, Chuck Daly, is no longer with us. I’m sure he’ll be with us that evening in his own way.’”

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  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lightsout

    awesome news.

  • robb

    At last, I hope Hall of Fame is next, Dennis deserves recognition.

  • WangChung

    Dennis was the shiznit. Whatever happened to diving headfirst for loose balls and kicking reporters in the nuts? We used to have personalities like Dennis, Barkley, Mutombo…now they get fined. Yay

  • Dirtybird

    Good news for the Pistons fans this season.

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    Sign him to a 10-day contract and let him suit up!

  • http://Myspace Shanoooooo

    So does this mean Greg Monroe has to get a new number ??? And Rodney Stuckey need to give Big Ben Wallace his number back too !!!!

  • HAMMER

    Awesome! The 1 highlight n a season full of lowlights 4 the pistons. I know this won’t happen, but it would be nice for chi 2 do the same. Retire #91. But nobody wears it anyways so…but still. Would b a nice recognition tho

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Fantastic!

  • Drew

    About damn time!!

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Chicago needs to retire his #91 next!

  • 6marjons

    here here

  • Sparker

    the worm in the rafters. love it.

  • Maurice Bobb

    Dope! Next up should be HOF

  • a_whiteman

    I hope the hall is next for the rebounding GOAT

  • donlaker

    the worm and his hair should be the second rebound h.o.f. member (bill russell first)

  • spit hot fiyah

    on april fools day

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Awesome! Dude was such a beast on the boards and on D. Electrifying player.

  • Keith Bogans

    Chicago def need to retire Rodman’s #91!

  • http://www.twiter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Well deserved.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    Joe D, Zeke, Lambier are already retired, so now we finally get to Dennis. Does this mean John Salley will be next?

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    The greatest rebounder who has ever lived.

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    Moses Malone was a better rebounder. Just saying.

  • burnt_chicken

    Looks like Chief still has good stash.

  • larrylegend

    my rebounding teacher! well deserved!

  • larrylegend

    *rebound

  • paul

    The Celtics should sign this kid up.

  • LA Huey

    Overdue. Next, his #91 in Chicago. Last stop, Hall of Fame.

  • http://slamonline.com The Ambassador

    Agree with the Philosopher The Worm is the greatest rebounder who ever lived!!!

    LONG LIVE THE WORM!!!

  • Ali Saadat

    I love Rod,but to do it on April 1? Can a players number be retired by multiple teams?

  • Groves

    ironically against the chicago bulls? really… i’m pretty sure it was planned that way for a reason

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Here’s an interesting question: Should the Pistons retire Ben Wallace’s jersey when he hangs his laces up?

  • hoodsnake

    @Teddy: Charles Oakley will approve that and me too

  • T-Money

    Great. Why not just retire everybody’s number? Scrubs can get their jerseys up the rafters too.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Detroit has a fine record of DPOY. Put Body’s up there, too. Do it.

  • Justin

    @Chief…how about he’s the best pound for pound rebounder ever? They say Rodman was 6’8″ but I think that’s a stretch. And Ali, yes it can. Jordan’s number is retired in Chicago and Miami (should be the whole league{sorry to start that debate again})

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    yep it definitely should be the whole league ( debate closed )

  • HAMMER

    Retire #23 everywhere! No questions asked

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Rodman is the greatest rebounder pound for pound ever. Rodman not in the Hall of Fame is straight ludicrous. Rodman did the dirty work, some movies and had great cross over appeal. The Bulls with MJ, Pippen and Rodman was a rock star team and they won three straight rings while playing together. Rodman deserves a HOF induction, I wonder who would he get to say a speech about him.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Also MJ jersey does not need to be retired on every team. Yes he is the greatest player ever, but he played for the Bulls and Wizards. Also MJ said this himself, its a disrespect to the players before him like Magic, Bird and others who helped the NBA get to where he could influence a NATION!!!

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    MJ jersey should not be retired every where, he only played for Bulls, Wizards and Heat(LOL). MJ said this himself its a disrespect to the players before him to be considered worthy to have his jersey on every team. Magic, Bird and others helped the NBA get to where it is and made it possible for a player like MJ in the future to influence a NATION! So no player is bigger than the game, even Jordan Brand. BOOK IT!!!

  • http://slamonline.com The Ambassador

    MJ played for the Heat?

  • the truth

    wanc chung: best comment ever on slam lmao

  • Justin

    Well, since it’s been started…Jordan actually was bigger than the game. You didn’t have to be a basketball fan at all to know who Michael Jordan was. He was arguably the most widely known sports figure in the world, second maybe to only Muhammad Ali. Magic and Larry brought basketball back to mainstream in the States but Michael took it all over the world. Attendance, ratings, merchandise sales went up all over the league because of this guy. The NHL got it right when they retired Wayne Gretzky’s 99 and it wasn’t a disrespect of all the great players before him. The league just wanted to thank him and recognize him for all of his achievements and what he had done for the league.

  • horsey

    Moses Malone has 3 inches and 50 pounds on Rodman and he still averaged less for a career than Dennis did. Malone led the league in rebounds for 5 straight years (a record) while Dennis led the league for 7 straight years (breaking said record). if Dennis had been a rookie in 1975 he would have put up video game numbers for 15 years…

  • David

    hope it ll help the struggling pistons a bit.. rodman a great player despite his personal life

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