Ex-Celtics Were Upset over Dennis Rodman’s Hall of Fame Induction

Dennis Rodman is one of the most controversial players in NBA history. Think about it: this is the same guy who was going to have his jersey retired at a strip club. Naturally, The Worm’s inclusion in Basketball’s Hall of Fame has not come without contention. There are some people like Phil Jackson who feel Rodman’s induction is extremely well-deserved. There are others who argue he doesn’t belong in the Hall. At least two ex-Celtics belong in that category.

Pistons.com writer Keith Langlois describes a conversation he heard in April when the Pistons and Celtics played:

Through an open doorway, less than 15 feet away in the dining room, two prominent ex-Celtics, one a Hall of Famer, were savaging Rodman’s inclusion.

The Hall of Famer was particularly incensed, recalling a game from long ago he watched where the Lakers employed some particular tactic against Rodman, he said, that revealed his shortcomings and rendered him virtually impotent.

They’re not alone in their thoughts. Tex Winter’s son Chris said he was surprised the voters didn’t make Rodman wait another 30 years before being approving him. I’m glad they put him in. Basketball doesn’t have the same ethics clause as baseball. If it did, there would be more of an argument against letting in the Worm. Judging him based on his numbers and playing career, he definitely deserves a spot in Springfield.

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Delonte West Can’t Play Overseas Because of Weapons Charge, Headed to Home Depot

Delonte West was arrested in 2009 for carrying enough firearms on his motorcycle to support a small militia. He initially faced six weapons charges but took a plea deal to avoid serious punishment. Apparently part of the plea deal means a judge approves where West works and lives. Because of that, West supposedly was prevented from heading overseas to play basketball.

As I am a GM pointed out to us, West tweeted about having his plans denied.

“It’s official.. Pride to the side.. just filled out a application at Home Depot.. Lockout ain’t a game,” he tweeted Thursday. “Can’t even go get that overseas money. Judge said it’s a no go on leaving the country.”

An athlete being held accountable for his actions and being prevented from doing what he wants to? That’s a new one. Good for the judge. Who really wants Delonte taking his uzi-filled guitar cases overseas anyway? As if we don’t already have a bad enough reputation among foreign countries, the last thing we would need is West getting into fights with teammates abroad the way he has here.

Cheshire Jets May Offer Ron Artest Spot on British Soap Opera

Lakers forward Ron Artest aka Metta World Peace has been flirting with the idea of playing basketball for the Cheshire Jets of the British Basketball League. The British Basketball League isn’t as lucrative as some other foreign basketball leagues, so it will be a challenge for them to meet Artest’s financial desires. Instead, they’re getting creative with their offer and may try to barter with Artest.

Marc Stein spoke with Jets director Peter Hawkins who said “Our commitment is to help raise Ron’s profile in the UK in order to help him develop his music and movie career over here while playing basketball.”

Stein added that “One possibility, according to a source with knowledge of the Jets’ plans, is trying to find Artest a role on a British soap opera.”

Ron Artest on a British soap opera. I guess that’s where the “World” comes from in Metta World Peace huh. If Ron Ron’s jokes don’t elicit laughs here in the U.S., how in the world would they translate in the U.K.? There’s just no way this ends up well, though I must say these rumors are much better than the ones about him going to Finland.

Dennis Rodman’s Hall of Fame Entry Includes Helicopter, Women’s Clothing

Pictured above is a similar shirt to the one Dennis Rodman was wearing when he showed up to his Hall of Fame press conference on Thursday. Ball Don’t Lie shared that information with us, and we certainly have no reason to doubt it.  Not really much to add there.  They also told us, via the Miami Herald, that Rodman will arrive at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony Friday in a helicopter.  A helicopter is his second choice for transportation, as Dennis said he would have preferred to arrive in Springfield, Mass. on a colorful float.

Rodman also said he will hire acrobats to perform and that some of his outfits will be a little “out there.”  One has to wonder if that means “out there” by our standards or his.  Phil Jackson is going to present for Rodman in what sounds like it could be the most interesting Hall of Fame induction of all time.  From a guy who once did this at a party and had his jersey retired in a place like this, anything less would be a major disappointment.

Anthony Randolph Might Join an LSU Fraternity During the NBA Lockout

With talk of lockouts comes speculation about what players are going to do with their time off.  For the NBA, there is a constant game that revolves around who is going to play for what overseas team.  Guys like Amar’e Stoudemire plan to explore their passion for writing and fashion while others like Nate Robinson consider changing sports.  There is also the chance that the 2012 Olympic team could suffer if matters cannot be resolved.

Timberwolves forward Anthony Randolph has a unique idea for how to spend his time while the league tries to work out a new CBA.  Like a number of other players including Russell Westbrook, Trevor Ariza, Baron Davis, and Kevin Love, Randolph is taking summer classes and working toward his degree.  According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, he is also considering joining a fraternity while he fulfills his sociology major at LSU.

“The students know I’m from the NBA, but it’s more fun because I can focus on my schoolwork,” Randolph said. “I don’t have the basketball distraction. I’m a more focused student now after being in the real world for a couple years.”

I don’t mean to stereotype, but I attended a large university (like LSU) and a lot of what they say about fraternities is true.  Randolph is only 22 years old and may want to put in some community service while fulfilling his promise to his mother to graduate, but he should definitely be careful.  Fraternities can do a lot of good, but the Wolves are likely hoping Randolph isn’t joining LSU’s version of Animal House.

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LeBron James Working with Hakeem Olajuwon to Develop Post Game

LeBron James was criticized for his lack of post game during the playoffs. While LeBron has shown he can play in the post (and has been ranked as a top five post player), there’s always room for improvement, especially if you’re working with one of the best post players of all time.

Just like Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard, LeBron James has been practicing with Hakeem Olajuwon.

“I look at what he was able to do throughout his career,” James told the AP. “Unbelievable talent. Multiple champion. Just to see how he was able to dominate in the low post, for me as an individual, I just try to look at some of the things I feel I need to get better at and hit home at it. Our team becomes better if I continue to get better and that’s what it’s about.”

“I’m doing whatever it takes just to become a better basketball player,” he told ESPN.

So what we have here is some talk from LeBron. It sounds great, and working with Hakeem can never be a bad thing, but the real test will be if LeBron utilizes his new skills during games. As mentioned before, it’s not as if LeBron doesn’t have a post game, it’s that he doesn’t utilize it frequently enough. If he can start taking advantage of opponents by using it during games, the Heat will be much more difficult.

Worse Back Tattoo: Chris Bosh or Andre Kirilenko?

Sorry people, more bad tattoos.  Considering Chris Bosh and Andre Kirilenko are both big names in the NBA, we thought it would be appropriate to compare their ridiculously large back tattoos.  Which one do you think is worse?  Check them out:

Bosh’s is definitely more all over the place, but Kirilenko’s is a lot more World of Warcraft.  The strangeness and intrigue factor goes to Bosh, but the “what in God’s name am I looking at” factor definitely belongs to Kirilenko.  Personally, I think both suck.  Just be thankful artwork like this, Monta Ellis’ family tree tattoo, and A.J. McCarron’s brutal chest tattoo stay covered up most of the time.

H/T to Black Sports Online for the Bosh tattoo picture.