There’s a scene at the end of “Men In Black” in which the Will Smith character reveals to the Linda Florentino character that Dennis Rodman is really an alien from the planet Solaxiant 9. “Not much of a disguise,” she deadpans. Indeed, Rodman’s antics off the basketball court often commanded as much attention as his performance in the paint. The multi-pierced forward, whose hair seemed to be dyed a different color every time he appeared in public, dated Super Bowl halftime star Madonna, was married to Carmen Electra, posed naked for anti-fur ads, and joined Donald Trump on “Celebrity Apprentice.”
On the court, Rodman was known as a fierce rebounder, on offense as well as defense. As a member of the Detroit Pistons, he led the NBA two years in a row with more than 18 boards per game. Being traded to the San Antonio Spurs reduced his average a bit, but he was still the league’s rebounding leaders for two more straight years, and he was the consecutive league leader again when he played for the Chicago Bulls.