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"He was like a pest!"-Dominique Wilkins explains how Dennis Rodman would throw him off his game

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Dennis Rodman and Dominique Wilkins

Dennis Rodman and Dominique Wilkins

NBA legend and one of the best dunkers the league has ever seen, Dominique Wilkins was one of the most unstoppable athletic forces in his prime. But even Nique had to admit and applaud one guy for giving him and the rest of the league a lot of trouble. 


Dennis Rodman might be a flashy and household name in the NBA world, but "The Worm" was a completely different kind of star. Although eccentric and flamboyant off the court, on the court, it was all grit and grind, carving out a spot for himself thanks to his impeccable defense, rebounding prowess, toughness, and hustle that any winning team needed on their roster.

From his early days in Detroit, where he would guard 1-5 and show off his versatility, to his veteran days in Chicago, serving more as an enforcer, garbing all the board, and protecting the paint, Dennis represented the perfect glue guy.

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At that time, it wasn't unusual for Dennis to provoke his opponents and get into altercations. Many people labeled him a big trash talker for that reason, but Dominique explained how Rodman wasn't really talking that much but still getting into your head.

"Dennis wasn't much of a talker as much as he was like a pest. He would try to get in your head and do stuff to try to get you out of your game. That was his strong suit."

Dominique Wilkins, NBA 75 Stories

Enforcer role

The non-verbal stuff, small details, and tricks are what made Rodman such a pest and menace to be around on the court. Dennis didn't need to talk all kinds of crazy stuff but simply tire you out and frustrate you with his constant pressure.

After all, Rodman managed to become a 5x champion,2x DPOY, 7x Rebounding Champion, and a member of the NBA Top 75 despite being far from the most natural or gifted player. But Rodman embodied his enforcer role and perfected it to the maximum.


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