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Dennis Rodman shares what his worst hangover game looked like: "Everyone on my team was like "god damn, you stink like a brewery"

Dennis Rodman recalls a regular season game against the Suns in which he was playing completely intoxicated with alcohol from the night before
Dennis Rodman on the worst hangover game of his career

Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman was never shy of having a wild night out with his friends, even if it happened right before games, because, in Rodman's mind, he always thought he could handle it and perform at 100 percent every time. Numerous stories showcase how truly unique Rodman was during his playing days, but even he admitted there was one game in 1994 when he thought he had too much to drink the night before. 

In his book "Walk on the wild side," Rodman remembers a game that happened when he was still with the San Antonio Spurs, and they came to Phoenix to play the Suns. Rodman obviously used the opportunity to go out the night before the game to a local bar with his friend and a few women as their dates. Interestingly enough, Rodman recalls seeing Charles Barkley there, who was playing for the Suns at the time. It didn't take long for Rodman to start pouring drinks into himself and partied long into the morning hours before he went to the Spurs shoot around, where his teammates immediately noticed he had a lot of alcohol the night before. 

Rodman had the worst hangover during the game

"Phoenix in March of 1994, when I was with the San Antonio Spurs. The night before our game against the Suns, Bryne Rich and I and a couple of women went out and got bombed. Charles Barkley, who played for the Suns at the time, was at the bar, too, but he didn't really get too crazy and went home a long time before us. We were doing these disgusting "Sex on the Beach" shots, a sweet mixture of various liquors, and the party sort of continued into the wee morning hours. When I got up to go to the shootaround, EVERYONE ON MY TEAM WAS LIKE, "GOD DAMN, YOU STINK LIKE A BREWERY." I had the worst hangover in the world"

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When the game against the Suns started, Rodman started to feel the consequences of all the alcohol he had consumed the night before, to the point where even Charles Barkley was shocked at how Rodman looked at the start of the game. 

"The fans were screaming and the music was blasting and the horn was blaring and there was nothing I could do—I just had to make it through. Then there was the matter of the lights. They were too bright, and hurt my eyes. Barkley looked at me and said, "What the fuck did you do last night?" He knew damn well what I did"

He finished with a dominant performance despite being hangover

Rodman wouldn't be Rodman if we didn't find a way to snap out of the major hangover he was going through at the start of the game. As the game progressed and he was getting into the groove, he was feeling better and better and had a great all-around performance. Luckily the Spurs blew out the Suns by the fourth quarter, so the coach gave him a break in the fourth quarter. 

"It was a struggle, and I felt like s**t. But the more I played, the better it got. And it turned out I was able to overcome—I had a pretty damn good game. I had 13 points and 15 rebounds, and we were winning "by so much that I sat out the entire fourth quarter."

Rodman was definitely built differently than all the other players in the NBA, and even though he was used to partying and drinking the night before the games, there was no doubt he would give you 100 percent every time he stepped on the court. Of course, this type of behavior would be intolerable in today's NBA, but Rodman got away with it mostly because even after a wild night out before the game, he would grab 20 rebounds and lock up the best player on the opposing team.

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