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Dennis Rodman is being inducted in to the Hall of Fame this Friday, which makes sense from a basketball standpoint but is totally crazy from a “This is Dennis Rodman we’re talking about” standpoint. Dennis Rodman, you guys. He’s going in the Hall of Fame, hopefully with a Technicolor bust to celebrate his numerous hair colors.

And since he’s Dennis Rodman, you have to assume he’s going to do something wacky at his enshrinement. After all, he did promise that he’s “gonna make it more like a circus.” You wouldn’t expect anything less from Dennis Rodman.

But, ummm, I guess we can expect less from Dennis Rodman. From NBA.com’s Scott Howard Cooper:

Hall of Fame officials say Dennis Rodman has given his word: no antics during Friday enshrinement.

Dang it. If there aren’t going to be any antics at Dennis Rodman’s enshrinement, then this is hardly Dennis Rodman’s enshrinement. Sure sure, the Hall of Fame is a distinguished establishment that should be honored with respect and tact, but still, how often are they going to be enshrining Dennis Rodman? Once, as far as I can tell, so they should really live it up. Bummer.

But not all is lost. Since Dennis is promising to kind of be a human, the Hall is OK with him looking like Dennis Rodman.

Hall, in turn, embracing Rodman. They have been shown his Friday wardrobe — “It’s worth seeing” — and plan to display it at the museum.

At least Dennis Rodman is going to get to look awesome at his ceremony. If no antics is a disappointment, imagine how bizarre it would be to see Rodman dressed like anyone but himself. You win some, you lose some.

Either way, I’ll be tuning in for Friday’s presentation. Outside of Michael Jordan’s induction, this is the most excited I’ve been for one of these things. Dennis might have promised to take it easy at the ceremony, but it’s not like he’s never broken the NBA’s rules before. (Let’s all agree that it’s a perfect ending to Dennis Rodman’s career that he has to agree to behave at his Hall of Fame induction, and that he has to have his outfit preapproved beforehand. If he could figure out a way to get fined at this thing, he’d cover all the bases.)

At the very least, it’ll be fun to see what he wears. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Dennis Rodman to dress like a jerk and have it be celebrated. I’m sure he’ll take advantage.

(via SLAM)

When Dennis Rodman was formally introduced as an inductee to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, we all had some laughs because he dressed like Dennis Rodman — zany hat, shirt for bros, flowing scarf and enough piercings to satisfy even the most decorated Hot Topic aficionado. It was all well and good, just Rodman being Rodman.

But that’s nothing compared to the actual induction. That’s going to be so much better. Yesterday, Rodman explained his plan to Howard Stern.

Out of any Hall of Fame, any sports division — hockey, baseball, soccer, this, this, this — this is probably gonna be the biggest and the best Hall of Fame ever. I’m gonna make it more like a circus.

Instead of having 500 people out there, I want to have like 5,000 people. I’m gonna make it a parade.

It’s gonna be the best Hall of Fame ever.

I’m not even sure how you can get tickets to the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, but I want some. Dennis Rodman on the biggest day of his life? Sign me up, even if I have a hard time believing that anything could beat a soccer Hall of Fame ceremony. Those things are off the chain.

This might be the first time David Stern fines a retired player for actions detrimental to the league. I wouldn’t miss that for the world.

(via Steeebo)

Reggie Miller was one of the most famous basketball players in the NBA from the mid-90s until the mid-2000s. He made it to one NBA Finals with the Indiana Pacers, won two gold medals with Team USA and — oh yeah — retired as the NBA’s all-time leader in made three-point field goals. He’s had several signature moments on the court, he made five All-Star teams and three All-NBA third teams. If ever there was a shoe-in Hall of Famer who is not considered one of the best players of all-time, it’s Reggie Miller.

Except, whoops, not so much. He didn’t even make the final ballot. From Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports:

In a stunning result that likely will raise questions about the enshrinement process for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Indiana Pacers star guard Reggie Miller failed to make the list of finalists for the 2011 induction class, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Miller was considered this year’s most heralded nominee, but apparently did not receive the necessary votes to become a finalist in his first year of eligibility. The list of finalists will be officially announced Friday.

Weird, right? You would think of all the guys in this year’s potential class — Dennis Rodman, Mark Jackson, Chris Mullin, Ralph Sampson, other guys of this caliber — Reggie Miller would be the obvious choice. Heck, on the NBA’s own website he was the lead candidate. This should have been Reggie Miller’s year, but not anymore. Very strange.

Maybe voters were turned off by his aversion to defense. Maybe they’re docking him for no longer holding the three-point record. Maybe it’s because he never won a title. Maybe they hate his broadcasting that much. (A very likely possibility.) Who knows? All we know is that Reggie Miller isn’t going in to the Hall of Fame on his first try, something that a similarly decorated player like Clyde Drexler did easily.

Now, Reggie Miller will get in to the Hall of Fame eventually, maybe as soon as next year. But that still doesn’t take away from the shock of reading on Twitter that he didn’t make it his first time. I’m guessing it was the broadcasting. The less he’s on the mic, the better.

Scottie Pippen played 17 seasons in the NBA. He won six titles, played in seven All-Star Games, was named to the All-Defensive first team eight times, the All-NBA first team three times and was voted one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players during the NBA’s 50th anniversary celebration. And while he’s never broke through in the NBA Shooting Stars competition, finishing second in 2007, it’s clear that Scottie Pippen is well-versed in basketball.

Moreover, he’s a member of the Naismith Hall of Fame twice, once for his personal career and a second time for being a part of the Dream Team in the 1992 Olympics. When it comes to Hall of Fame credentials, the man knows what he’s talking about. That’s why people should listen to what he has to say about former teammate Dennis Rodman. From NBA.com:

“We all watched Dennis’ career and we know just how good he was as a basketball player,” Pippen said. “I think we all got caught up in his antics, and things he did away from the game, and it sort of disrespected or took attention away from what he did on the basketball court. But he is surely a Hall of Famer.”

As a bro who is literally wearing a Chicago Bulls 1998 NBA Championship t-shirt right now, I couldn’t agree more. As a basketball fan who likes considering the Hall of Fame, I couldn’t agree more. Dennis Rodman is a Hall of Famer, no duh. But, as Pip mentioned, the antics might keep him out, which would be terrible.

Any other player who isn’t Dennis Rodman but had Dennis’ stats, five championships, two Defensive Player of the Year awards, seven rebounding titles, two All-Star Game selections and seven first team All-Defensive nods would be a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame. Just because he kicked a photographer in the nuts, wore a wedding dress to book signings and was just very Rodman-y throughout his career doesn’t mean he should be left out. There are tons of jerks in the Hall of Fame, so that’s not much of a reason to not bestow this honor upon a guy Phil Jackson called “the greatest athlete I ever coached.”

In fact, if you ask me, the only thing to consider with regards to Dennis Rodman as a Hall of Famer is what color his hair should be on his picture. Here’s one vote for blond with the red swoop in the front.