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More than a Bad Boy: Dennis Rodman's Path to the Bulls
In the opening scene, Rodman is asked: Does it hurt you that the public perceives you as this bombastic crazy guy? He responds by saying: "I created this monster. The public will say I'm a bad person, but no one can say anything bad about me as a teammate."
- Have you ever coached an athlete or had a teammate who was a challenging if not problematic person off the court, but a great athlete/teammate on it?
- Does every team need an athlete who is willing to do the dirty work? Who is the athlete on your team who brings the "edge" you need?
- What does this reveal about Jordan and about Collins? Do we want our players to carry that responsibility?
- BTW: that night Jordan set a record for the most posts (50)scored by an opposing player in MSG. The Bulls went on to beat the Knicks
- Athletes: please rewind that line. Listen. Repeat.
After losing to the Pistons in the 1989 NBA Finals, Jordan committed to getting stronger by gaining 15 pounds of muscle mass. When the personal trainer asked him to do six reps, he did twelve.
- All coaches have encountered an athlete like this. What are the positives and negatives of coaching an "overachiever?" How do you handle him or her? Do you?
- If you ever doubt the importance of teamwork and surrender, remember this play. Any other thoughts?
Rodman thrived under the leadership of Phil Jackson because they mutually understood one another. Jackson who was familiar with Lakota spiritual practices told him, "In their tradition you would be a backward walking person,a Heyoka." He added "there was always a person that was different. You’re the heyoka in this tribe."
Steve Kerr noted "he would weave Zen Buddhism and Native American philosophies into our own culture. Everything was about being focused and playing as one ."
- Who is the heyoka in your tribe? How do you work together?
- Coaches: how do you integrate your spiritual beliefs into all that you do—at practice, in games, while traveling, etc.
Lastly, what I believe makes this documentary so outstanding is the way the director integrates music. In both episodes, the songs—with highlights together tell a unique story. Each one is poignant, outstanding.
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