Skip to main content

Dennis Rodman once revealed which team and teammates he hated playing with the most: "I played for the Queers."

The team culture simply didn't suit Rodman's free spirit!
San Antonio Spurs forward Dennis Rodman and center David Robinson

Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman and his career are best known for his days with the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons, where he won five championships, earned a lot of individual awards, displayed immaculate hustle, and had the best days of his career. But in between and after those periods, Rodman had a couple of short stints that weren't very memorable.

Bad fit

After his run with the Bulls, Rodman played very shortly and underwhelmingly for the Lakers and the Mavericks, but in between his runs with the Pistons and the Bulls, Rodman played for two seasons with the San Antonio Spurs during the prime years of his career.

Even though Rodman's defensive prowess seemed like a good fit for the Spurs system that already had a contending team with David "Admiral" Robinson, the fit didn't really work. Although Rodman's rebounding stats were great, his contribution left a lot of desire in two playoff runs.

Dennis was accused of letting Robinson do all the work alone against Hakeem in the 1995 WCF, and it was apparent the disbalance in characters never really allowed Dennis to mesh with "The Admiral" and the rest of the team. Especially the GM Gregg Popovich, whose military approach was unacceptable for Rodman's eccentric personality and lifestyle.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

That's why he was dealt to the Bulls before the 1995-1996 season, where Rodman and his way of living got accepted, leading to his NBA resurrection and three more championships. During that time, Rodman was balling on the court and partying even harder off it, becoming a true party icon linked with numerous celebrity women.

In an interview with the notorious Howard Stern, Rodman revealed his hate for the Spurs and his teammates there, saying how the Bulls and his new teammates accepted him with open hands.

Stern: You left that one team you were playing for. You hated all the guys on it. What was that team again?

Rodman: Uhm, The San Antonio Queers

Stern: I think you said their name was the fag*ots.

Rodman: Nah. The San Antonio Spurs

Stern. You hated those guys on the San Antonio Queers. You couldn't get along with them, but these guys you like? The Chicago Bulls?

Rodman: They're cool. Everybody's down to earth, and they don't give a damn what you do. Just go out there and play your game. Your life is your life.

Stern, in his style, was very open and determined in getting Rodman to air all of his hate out, and he got Dennis to share a few gems. It's pretty hard to imagine someone speaking this way about his former team or teammates in this kind of manner today, but this was a different time, and this is what guys like Howard Stern and Dennis Rodman did with no problem or filter.

The Spurs organization is one of the most well-respected and winningest cultures in the NBA, but Rodman is one of those rare individuals that isn't their fan. The timing and difference in beliefs on how an athlete should behave were just different, but not anyone is suited for each other. After all, both sides were just fine without each other in the long run.

San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan

“He’d only score 25 but it would feel like 40” — Foes and teammates reflect on Tim Duncan's signature bank shot

Lon Babby, Duncan’s former agent, explained how the shot perfectly defined the Big Fundamental’s persona.

Shaquille O'Neal

“I want to become a sex symbol” — Shaquille O'Neal revealed his new goal post-basketball career

Shaq wants to lose 20 more pounds with a specific goal in mind - “to do an underwear ad with my sons.”

Dennis Rodman once got himself ejected from a game so he could make his dinner reservation and gamble

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 details how he got ejected from a game against the Utah Jazz so he could make his dinner reservation and start with a wild night out in Las Vegas

Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics are in a good spot heading into the 2022-23 season

Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics are in a good spot heading into the new season - “He’s in a pretty good spot with the organization”

There were fears that Brown would begin plotting his path out of Boston after he was included in the Celtics trade offer for Kevin Durant, but Brown is in a good spot with the C's entering the season

Draymond Green discusses the most difficult part of the NBA

Draymond Green discusses the most difficult part of the NBA -“We playing against the sorry motherf*****s, I can’t play

Green says that he struggles to motivate himself to play against some of the worst teams in the NBA, singling out the Sacramento Kings and Oklahoma City Thunder in the process

kobe-bryant-dunk-on-dwight-howard

“I didn’t think he was going to dunk!”-Dwight Howard recollected his ‘Welcome to the League’ moment featuring Kobe Bryant

Dwight Howard has high praise for Kobe Bryant, despite the fall-out in his first stint with the Lakers

Luka Doncic & Giannis Antetokounmpo

The 2022-23 GM SURVEY reveals who the GMs consider being the MVP and title favourites

Giannis Antetokounmpo voted best defender, international player, and player to build a franchise around

giannis-jrue-kris-richard-jefferson

Richard Jefferson thinks the Milwaukee Bucks have the best Big 3 in the NBA

The Milwaukee Bucks Big Three has championship pedigree says Richard Jefferson