I was interested in his details on studying shots and the rebounds. I remember my 7th grade coach tell us that 75% of the boards went to the other side, one reason why I averaged a double double and knowing where to go for the rebounds!
I always contended, and still do, that many NBA players could have done what Rodman was doing if they just focused on rebounding and defense. What did they show, 7 times he had 20 boards and no points?
Dont get me wrong, what he did was amazing, but I still think if some other talented players had a sole focus on boards and defense and not anything about scoring a lot of people could do it. I remember watching him, you didnt have to defend against him at all. He didnt even look at the hoop when he got the ball often.
Great energy and desire, no doubt but man he was weird as F.
Listening to him talk about shot rotation and where and how the ball hit the rim sounded to me like Jerry Lucas from way back in the day. Totally different eras and people, but very thought out as to making the skill of rebounding a science.
Rodman mastered doing the basic things with uncommon tenacity and desire. Absolutely relentless.
I don't know if the dude would have survived with today's social media and instant news. The mid-season Vegas bender with Carmen Electra would have broken the internet.