After this year’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, former Laker coach Phil Jackson may wish to add speech writing to his resume. While already tabbed to deliver the induction speech for his longtime assistant Tex Winter, it appears that he has been locked down to induct All-World rebounder Dennis Rodman as well — via Pistons writer Keith Langlois:
Jackson coached Rodman for three years and three Bulls titles during the second half of the 1990s, and has referred to Rodman as the “greatest pure athlete he ever coached“:
“He could probably play a 48-minute game and play the 48th minute stronger than the first minute of the game.”
Rodman also spent the strike-shorted 1998-99 NBA season with the Kurt Rambis-coached Lakers, who went 17-6 with Rodman before releasing him at the end of the season.