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Dennis Rodman once got himself ejected from a game so he could make his dinner reservation and gamble: "I was able to get the hell of there and start my party night right on time."

Dennis Rodman couldn't wait to get ejected from a preseason game so he could start his party in Las Vegas
Dennis Rodman once got himself ejected from a game so he could make his dinner reservation and gamble

Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman was undoubtedly one of the most controversial and unique personalities in entire NBA history. We've all heard numerous stories about his wild behavior and the need to express himself in ways that were considered unusual for most people. He loved playing basketball and gave 100 percent every time he stepped on the court, but Rodman was also a big fan of partying and gambling, and he didn't shy away from combining both as much as possible. 

Rodman loved partying in Las Vegas

His love for gambling, especially if it happened in Las Vegas, even got in his way of playing basketball during one of the preseason games back in 1996 when he was a member of the Chicago Bulls. In his book "Walk on the wild side", Rodman details how the Bulls were in Las Vegas for preseason, and he couldn't wait to finish the game against the Utah Jazz so he could have his time in Mirage, gambling, and partying. 

Rodman was so anxious to start the night out that he wanted Phil Jackson to sit him out that game. However, when he realized that wouldn't happen, Rodman took the matter into his own hands and picked up two quick technical fouls that resulted in him getting kicked out of the game. For him, the timing was perfect because he had dinner reservations, and luckily, he was on time to start the party. 

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"I got a small taste of this during the 1996 preseason when we played an exhibition game in Vegas against the Utah Jazz. The team stayed at the Mirage, so you can imagine how that went. I was hoping Phil Jackson would let me sit out the game, so I could go nuts the night before, but it turned out I had to play. So I took care of business myself. I had already picked up one technical foul, and the game was running late, and I was worried we'd miss our 11 p.m. dinner reservations at Mikado's, a restaurant inside the Mirage. So, as it happened, I picked up another "T" and was able to get the hell of there and start my party night right on time."

Rodman believes the NBA should never have a team in Las Vegas

Rodman also said he invited Mike Tyson to join him for the night out, but interestingly enough, Tyson was ready for bed and was not in the mood to party. 

"It was our typical crazy Vegas night, with the usual crowd of lunatics. We were hoping Mike Tyson, who lives in Vegas, would come to dinner with us, but he said he couldn't because IT WAS PAST HIS BEDTIME."

Las Vegas is one of Rodman's favorite places on the planet, and recently numerous reports came out of how there is a high probability the NBA would start another franchise in the city. In Rodman's opinion, that would be a bad move by the league because there are too many temptations, and players wouldn't be able to control themselves. 

"I think the worst thing in the world would be if the NBA put a team in Vegas, because players wouldn't know how to control themselves. You'd have to have a very strong mind. I could probably do it, but it would be a major test."

Obviously, this story from Rodman is just one of many examples that prove he did things his own way and luckily had the support system around him that allowed him this type of behavior. Phil Jackson was very tolerant when it came to these things because he understood what makes Dennis work inside. Luckily for the Bulls, Rodman always came motivated to play, regardless if he partied and gambled the entire night before a crucial game. You could always count on him to grab 20 rebounds and lock up the best player on the opposing team. 

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