Steve Kerr explains why Dennis Rodman rarely wanted to score the ball
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Steve Kerr explains why Dennis Rodman rarely wanted to score the ball

Dennis Rodman was one of the unique players in NBA history, predominantly because of his unbelievable ability to rebound and defend multiple positions simultaneously. On the other hand, his unique personality and how he was doing things made him one of the most popular players in the ’90s, with only Michael Jordan getting more spotlight in the media than Dennis.

The current head coach of the Golden State Warriors, Steve Kerr, made a guest appearance on the Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks Podcast in which he talked about the Warriors season and compared Draymond Green to Dennis Rodman. Kerr believes the only thing Draymond does better than Rodman is scoring because Rodman never had an incentive to score even though he was more than capable of doing it. According to Kerr, it was bizarre when Rodman would get an offensive board, and instead of scoring the layup, he would kick it out to an open shooter.

I think he took great pride in not scoring. It was really bizarre when we were in Chicago together; he would have games where he would get an offensive rebound and literally have a layup, and he would throw it back out, hoping we would miss another shot so he could get another offensive board.

Stever Kerr, via Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks Podcast

The Bulls heavily relied on the triangle when it came to offense, and Kerr remembers a lot of players that couldn’t figure out how the system works. On the other hand, Dennis picked up on triangle incredibly fast, and even though there were some concerns about him fitting within the Bulls, he soon showed he is a perfect fit.

He picked up the triangle right away. It took Dennis three days to figure out the offense quickly, and there were guys who never got it. He had a great feel for the game, and he could’ve scored so many more points, but he just wanted to be Dennis.

Stever Kerr, via Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks Podcast

Dennis’s primary role within any team he played for was rebounding and defending the opposing team’s best players. He was never a scorer, even though he never really tried to score and accepted his role where the focus was predominantly on defense. Rodman was an underrated passer as well, and just like Draymond, he was more than capable of finding guys in the right spot, especially after grabbing an offensive rebound. Rodman epitomized the statement ‘know your role’ and perfected it to the smallest detail, which eventually brought success for the entire team.