Dennis Rodman Leads Hall of Fame Class 2011

Dennis Rodman showed the world a side of himself few people have seen before in an emotional speech after being enshrined on Friday to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Rodman, whose colorful public persona and undeniable basketball talents made him popular, led the HOF class of 2011. The other members of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees were Golden State Warriors legend Chris Mullin, Triangle Offense innovator Tex Winter, NBA legends Tom Sanders, Arvydas Sabonis, and Artis Gilmore. The other members of this year’s batch were the late Harlem Globetrotters player Reece “Goose” Tatum, women’s basketball star Teresa Edwards, Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, and Philadelphia University coach Herb Magee.

However, the center of attention was Rodman, who won five NBA championships in his career—two with the Detroit Pistons and three with the Chicago Bulls. In his speech, Rodman talked more about his shortcomings than the work he’s done as one of the NBA’s top defenders and rebounders of all time.