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  • PRO BASKETBALL NOTE


    Wednesday, March 8, 7:44 PM
    (ADDING INFORMATION) 
    
    *Dennis Rodman waived by Mavericks*
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    DALLAS (Ticker) -- Dennis Rodman was waived today, ending his
    publicity-driven stint with the Dallas Mavericks -- and perhaps
    his star-crossed NBA career. 
    
    The flaky forward with the ever-changing hair colors, multiple
    tattoos and body piercings was sent packing after only 12 games
    and a handful of tirades. 
    
    The last one was directed at pending Mavericks owner Mark Cuban,
    who was the only one willing to take a chance on Rodman and his
    bizarre behavior.  While admitting to signing Rodman as a way to
    generate increased attendance and interest in the Mavericks,
    Cuban also allowed Rodman to lease his guest house and relaxed
    team rules for the seven-time rebounding champion. 
    
    Apparently, Rodman was ungrateful.  After Tuesday's loss in
    Seattle, Rodman blasted Cuban's hands-on management style. 
    
    "He doesn't need to be hanging around the players like he's a
    coach or something," Rodman told the Dallas Morning News.
    "That's like (Dallas Cowboys owner) Jerry Jones, and it's dumb.
    That's why the Cowboys went down.  He needs to be the owner,
    step back and put people in who can get this team in the right
    direction." 
    
    It was hard to tell what direction Rodman was headed.  His brief
    stay with the Mavericks included six technical fouls, a pair of
    ejections, a one-game league suspension, $13,500 in fines and
    only three wins.  He maintained a running feud with the NBA's
    hierarchy, criticizing referees and challenging Comissioner
    David Stern to a fight. 
    
    Rodman, 38, averaged 14.3 rebounds for the Mavericks.  But the
    five-time NBA champion often seemed disinterested and provided
    no veteran leadership for a young team trying to make the
    playoffs for the first time in 10 years. 
    
    Upon Rodman's arrival, the Mavs had won seven of eight games to
    improve their record to 20-27.  They are 4-9 since, including a
    current five-game losing streak, and coach and general manager
    Don Nelson decided on a new direction. 
    
    "I enjoyed getting to know Dennis as a person and enjoyed
    coaching him," Nelson said in a statement.  "He was brought here
    to help us make a playoff run, which obviously hasn't happened.
    Therefore, it is in the best interest of the organization to
    play our younger players throughout the remainder of the
    season." 
    
    It marked the second time in as many years Rodman was signed by
    a team in midseason, only to be waived several weeks later. Last
    year, he was signed by the Los Angeles Lakers, who waived him
    after just 23 games. 
    
    Always a free-spirited, high-maintenance player, Rodman may find
    his basketball career to be over.  He has worked in movies and
    wrestling but faces a series of lawsuits brought on by his often
    boorish behavior in public. 
    
    Since leaving the Lakers, Rodman was arrested in an incident
    involving his former wife, Carmen Electra.  He also has been
    arrested for public intoxication. 
    
    A native of Dallas, the Mavericks were Rodman's fifth team.  He
    won a record seven straight rebounding titles from 1992-98 with
    Detroit, San Antonio and Chicago.  He was a member of NBA
    championship teams in Detroit in 1989 and 1990 and in Chicago
    from 1996-98. 
    
    However, Rodman has called greater attention to himself with his
    antics on and off the court.  Last season, he was waived by the
    Lakers following repeated team violations, including lateness to
    practice and a four-game leave of absence during the season. 
    
    During the 1995-96 season, Rodman was suspended six games by the
    NBA for head-butting referee Ted Bernhardt.  In January 1997, he
    was suspended 11 games by the league for kicking a cameraman in
    the groin.  During the 1997 NBA Finals, he made obscene and
    insensitive comments regarding Mormons as the Bulls battled the
    Utah Jazz. 
    
    A two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Rodman has career
    averages of 7.4 points and 13.1 rebounds in 911 games over 14
    seasons. 
    
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