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With the Detroit Pistons set to retire Dennis Rodman's number on April 1st (how auspicious), don't...

With the Detroit Pistons set to retire Dennis Rodman's number on April 1st (how auspicious), don't you think it's about time for the Bulls to give him the same honor? Derik Fatd Sam [Smith]: No, and I’m quite sure it never will occur and never should. Dennis, to me, was primarily a fraud when he was with the Bulls. Sure, he had some big games in the playoffs, like on Karl Malone--who still might get 35--but in the first two of the three seasons he was with the Bulls, he missed about 50 games and the Bulls had a better record without him than when he played. He threatened the team many times with his behavior, like head butting a referee, but Jordan and Pippen were so good they overcame it. There are so many much more deserving players not only on the first three-peat--like Bill Cartwright, Horace Grant and John Paxson--and in the early years, like Norm Van Lier and Chet Walker, that to honor Rodman would be an insult to the history of the franchise and to basketball in general. I hope I wasn’t too subtle in explaining my position.

Ask Sam | Sam Smith opens his mailbag | 02.18.11 | Bulls
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