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Dennis Rodman has written a children’s book. I wish I were kidding.


Maybe he got the idea from Madonna.

Dennis Rodman has “authored” a couple of books before. And by authored I mean he spoke to a writer and posed for the cover art. His most recent was titled “I Should Be Dead by now.” But his follow up is one he may have written himself — “Dennis The Wild Bull.” A children’s book. Maybe we can give him the benefit of the doubt on this one.

From the blog about the book (hat tip to SLAM):

After going through his latest divorce and having to spend time away from his children as a result, Dennis has now done something many people never thought would ever happen. He’s written a children’s book which he’s dedicating to his children, with the intent to relay a positive message to our countries youth and to his own children…

Rodman has teamed up with Author/screenwriter Dustin Warburton and illustrator Dan Monroe with the sole purpose of conveying good lessons to children based on Dennis’s own experiences as a world class athlete while overcoming obstacles as a child.

Okay, so he didn’t actually write this one, either. That may actually be good news for the quality of the book, however.

The book is due out in September. We haven’t done a book review on this blog in a while and… no. My book recommendations? “Sense of an Ending” is my favorite thing I read in a while and that “1q84” is too repetitive because it was originally written as a trilogy. That’s it.

Dennis Rodman briefly talks to father after 42 years

Rodman meets father

I’m not going to play amateur psychologist here, I’m just going to lay out the facts.

Dennis Rodman never really knew is father, who skipped out on Rodman’s family 42 years ago. Also, his father is named Philander Rodman Jr., who claims to have fathered 29 different children by 16 different mothers. (Yes, that is his real name.) The elder Rodman lives in the Philippines where he owns a chicken restaurant. Just be thankful he’s not your father.

Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman was in Manila for an exhibition game when his estranged father set up a meeting between them for the first time in 42 years, according to the Associated Press, who had a guy there.

Philander, who has been living in the Philippines for nearly 50 years, said Thursday he wanted to explain to his son that he did not abandon his family in the United States, but they only had time for greetings and handshakes.

No snark, no comments here, because there really isn’t any angle of this that isn’t a combination of disgusting and sad.

Dennis Rodman “broke,” “extremely sick” according to court papers

Inductee Dennis Rodman acknowledges the crowd after delivering his acceptance speech during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Enshrinement Ceremony in Springfield

This is sad. Not surprising, but sad nonetheless.

In court papers regarding child support payments, his own attorney describes Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman as broke and extremely sick. The Los Angeles Times got ahold of the documents.

Dennis Rodman’s attorney, Linnea Willis, said in court documents that the former Laker is barely capable of paying for his living expenses, let alone the $5,000 he has for one child from another relationship, and the $4,500 monthly payment for spousal and child support to Michelle Rodman….

“Respondent Dennis Rodman is broke and cannot afford any additional fees,” according to court documents filed on his behalf.

He is “extremely sick” and his marketability is diminishing with age and illness, according to court documents.

Lawyers have said some outrageous crap to get their clients out of paying for things, so you can take this with a grain of salt. That said, this is also totally believable.

No doubt, the saddest part of this who mess is his children are the ones that will suffer the most. Rodman could end up spending 20 days for being $808,935 behind in his child support. And for the record, Rodman’s attorneys are working pro bono (Latin meaning for the good or for free, because attorneys love their Latin).

The whole situation just is kind of depressing.

Rodman won five rings total between the Pistons and Bulls, plus played for the Spurs and Lakers. He is one of the best rebounders ever to play the game, plus he was a lock-down defender (especially early in his career). He was enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame last summer.

Phil Jackson backs Jerry Krause for Hall of Fame

Jerry Krause

Phil Jackson and former Bulls GM Jerry Krause are not exactly the best of friends. Their feud helped break up the Bulls dynasty. The two did not speak for more than a decade and it took Tex Winter going into the Hall of Fame — and him wanting those two to kiss and make up… or at least make up — that prompted them to even shake hands.

So it is no small thing that Jackson thinks Krause belongs in the Hall of Fame.

Jackson said as much recently, reports CSNChicago.com.

“I think it will happen,” Jackson said in a radio interview on WMVP-AM 1000. “The Hall of Fame is a strange institution. Because it’s about fame almost more than anything else.

“Jerry has made a name for himself in basketball, and it will probably be there for a long time. He was executive of the year and so forth. But the Hall is more interested in players coming in rather than executives or — matter of fact I think coaches and players probably first and then perhaps executives. So getting around to executives coming in the Hall of Fame I think will take a bit and take a concerted effort.”

Krause did not draft Michael Jordan but he did put the team around him that won rings. It was Krause that made a draft-night trade for Pippen, brought in guys like Horace Grant and Dennis Rodman, and even put Jackson in the coaching chair. He deserves credit for those six banners at the United Center.

As we have discussed before, he will be in the Hall of Fame. Eventually. It’s just a little hard to predict when with that entity.

Dennis Rodman says players should “bow down” to owners

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Note to Derek Fisher: Don’t invite Dennis Rodman to speak at the National Basketball Players Association meeting in Los Angeles Friday.

The newly minted Hall of Famer is on the owners’ side. Completely.

He was in Toronto for the Pattison Canadian International (a big horse race in the Breeders Cup series) and when asked about the lockout threw his hat in with ownership, reports the Toronto Sun (via TrueHoop).

“I just think that … the players should bow down,” Rodman said. “They should bow down. In 1999 we (were locked out) and we missed half the season. The owners bowed down then. They gave the players everything. I think the players should do the same thing for the owners because today most of these teams are losing money. It’s not the players’ fault. It’s the owners’ fault. I think they should give a little bit and move on….

“I don’t think (the players) work that hard because most of the players don’t give a damn about the game. They want the money. I’m not taking the owners’ side, I just think the players should look at themselves. ‘OK, I’m making $16-million or $17-million a year but what have I accomplished?’ Most of the players haven’t accomplished anything. That’s what you have to look at.”

Rodman speaks for a lot of fans out there. Although we will say for the record that the owners did not bow down in 1999 — at the time that was considered a win for ownership. The owners go a cap on maximum salaries (just after Kevin Garnett and Shaquille O’Neal got massive deals) and a rookie salary cap. At the time the reporting was about how the owners bested the players.

Whatever the final labor deal is this time around, it will be seen as a win for the owners also (who are going to get a larger percentage of basketball related income). And you can be sure that in five years plenty of owners will be complaining about the deal, regardless. I’ve never seen a big business owner that thinks they are making enough money.