Last night I came across an awesome story about ex-NBA player Dennis Rodman.

For those who weren’t glued to the TV during his days with Detroit in the 1980’s and with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990’s, here are a few reasons why you should pay attention to his rebounding advice…

He led the league in rebounding 7 times:

1992 18.7 per game
1993 18.3 per game
1994 17.3 per game
1995 16.8 per game
1996 14.9 per game
1997 16.1 per game
1998 15.0 per game

Crazy stats!

Anyway, here’s a quick story that about Dennis told by his former teammate, Isiah Thomas:

“We were standing in the lay-up line, warming up and shooting, and Rodman was standing back and watching everybody shoot.”

Isiah – “Hey, come on, you have to participate; everybody’s shooting lay-ups, you have to shoot lay-ups, too.”

Rodman – “I’m just watching the rotations on the basketball.”

Isiah – “Excuse me?”

Rodman – “Like, when you shoot, your ball spins three times in the air. Joe’s sometimes has 3 1/2 or four times.”

“That’s how far Rodman had taken rebounding, to a totally different level, like off the charts. He knew the rotation of every person that shot on our team – If it spins sideways, where it would bounce, how often it would bounce left or right. He had rebounding down to a science, and I never heard anyone think or talk about rebounding and defence the way he could break it down.”

“When you talk about basketball IQ, I’d put Rodman at a genius level.”- Isiah Thomas