Dennis Rodman loved to party, and having big games in the playoffs, or the NBA Finals never stopped him from doing something wild. The perfect example of that was right before game 6 in the NBA Finals against the Seattle Supersonics in 1996 when he needed a crazy night out to relax and take his mind off the pressure.
The pressure was on the Rodman and the Bulls
We all know by now Dennis Rodman is one of the most unique personalities in NBA history who, at one point, was equally famous as his rival and then-teammate Michael Jordan. His flamboyant personality, combined with his impeccable rebounding and defense, made him a fan favorite worldwide. Rodman never cared what people thought about him and often did things differently. In many ways, people never fully understood his personality and what motivated him and made him work.
We all heard stories from the Last Dance documentary when he went on live TV in the middle of the NBA Finals to participate in a WWE event, which was unheard of at the time. Rodman often did things in his own way, and he was one of the rare athletes that could party all night long and then still grab 20 rebounds the next game while locking up the best players on the opposing team.
A crazy night out before game 6
Rodman details his crazy night out right before game 6 in the NBA Finals against the Seattle Supersonics in his book' Walk On The Wild Side. The Bulls were leading the series 3-2, and it was the Supersonics that were trying to mount a historic comeback after losing the first three games. There was extreme pressure on the Bulls and Rodmah to perform in game 6, so he decided to treat himself with a wild night out to forget about all that and indulge in things he loved doing, which is going to a rave with a lesbian DJ playing music.
"I rounded up some of the craziest bastards I know and went to my favorite sushi restaurant in Chicago, and started doing Sake Bombers the way a dying man in the desert drinks water. We ended up at Crobar, where they have a bondage rack and men will stand there writhing in pain while voluptuous women pour burning wax onto their nipples, and people in elevated cages dry-hump each other to the beat of ear-splitting techno-house music played by A LESBIAN DEEJAY NAMED PSYCHOBITCH. We went to breakfast at Third Coast, a great place in the Gold Coast district, and when I walked out the door it was light out. I knew I was ready for game 6. Sure enough, we went out and got solid and WON."
Most players would not be able to perform on the court the next day but not Rodman, who finished the game with 9 points and 19 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. He was creating havoc on the court for the Supersonic big men, and it paid off big time for the Bulls, who won their fourth NBA title and the first one on their way to their second three-peat in the Jordan era. Rodman had unbelievable energy, and going out, having a wild night out helped him release pressure and, in some weird way, prepare him for the most crucial game of the season in which he showcased why he was one of the best to ever do it on the defensive end of the floor.