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DENNIS RODMAN AND HIS ATTIRE WILL BE ENSHRINED INTO THE HALL OF FAME

DENNIS RODMAN AND HIS ATTIRE WILL BE ENSHRINED INTO THE HALL OF FAME

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Rodman revealed the news during the Chicago Bulls' 101-96 win over the Detroit Pistons, who retired his No. 10 jersey at halftime.

An emotional Rodman said he isn't sure he deserves the Pistons' tribute.

"Tonight, it's going to be a good night," he said during a pregame news conference. "It's a surprise to me that my number is getting retired. It's surprising to me. ... I just feel like I didn't deserve to have my number retired because I didn't do as much as I should here."

Rodman got choked up shortly after speaking with reporters and was remorseful about not playing longer for the Pistons.

"I think I didn't fully understand the value I had for this organization and for my teammates here. I was just part of a 12-man band here. And I just love playing the basketball game and I just love the people that gave us so much energy. It wasn't about Dennis Rodman, or Isiah Thomas, or Joe Dumars. It was a whole group and it starts in the front office. They kept the team together. They made sure we stayed together for those five years from '86 to '91. - ESPNChicago.com (more)

Rodman went on to play for the Chicago bulls winning 3 championships right out of the gate.

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"They traded me to Chicago for Will Perdue," he said. "Straight up. They said it was the best trade they ever did, ever had. I'm like, 'Yep, sure was.' We won three championships after that, right? That first year in Chicago? 72-10. ... And we won championships there."

Rodman, in turn, has promised to do his part Friday night and be on his best behavior. Though historically courting the outrageous, and with the disclaimer that what he said months ago could vaporize in a moment of on-stage revelry, Hall bosses report Rodman has promised to be on good behavior as he is enshrined with Chris Mullin, Artis Gilmore, Tex Winter, Arvydas Sabonis, Satch Sanders, Tara VanDerveer, Teresa Edwards, Herb Magee and Goose Tatum.

There was a discussion on that very point, a most-unusual exchange between honoree and Jerry Colangelo, the chairman of the board of directors at the Hall. It was just before the Class of 2011 would be announced at the Final Four in Houston. Colangelo congratulated Rodman and talked about the ceremony that would take place in Springfield. It was a good discussion. - NBA.com (more)

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