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Dennis Rodman puts Basketball Hall Fame jacket with help from president CEO Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Fame John L. Dolevduring

Dennis Rodman puts on a Basketball Hall of Fame jacket with help from president and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame John L. Doleva during a news conference at the Hall in Springfield, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. Rodman will be inducted on Friday. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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Updated: November 16, 2011 1:24AM



SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Former Bulls forward ­Dennis ­Rodman, with his hair dyed red, multiple piercings and tattoos, said he hasn’t ­prepared a ­written acceptance speech when he is inducted into the Naismith ­Memorial ­Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night.

“I’m just going to wing it,” he said after receiving his Hall of Fame blazer ­Thursday. “I’m just going to go up there and talk.”

Will he cuss?

“Well, I can say ‘damn,’ right? Or you ‘son of a bitch.’ They say that on TV, right? I’m not going to cuss. I’m going to keep it clean. But maybe a couple of words may slip out.”

On Michael Jordan

“MJ is the only player to have his own wing [in the Hall of Fame]. I’ll be lucky to get a 10-by-10.”

On being coached by Chuck Daly, Gregg Popovich, Phil Jackson and
Don Nelson

“If I could cremate all four guys, you could blend them to get the ­perfect coach.”

On being presented by Jackson

“I didn’t select him. He selected himself. I wanted my son, DJ, to ­present me. But they said it had to be a Hall of Famer. Phil called, said, ­‘Dennis, I’m going to [present] you at the Hall of Fame.’ I said, ‘OK.’ ”

The main regret of his career

“That I wasn’t a better father to my [three] kids. Just be there [for them] instead of being selfish, the clown, the jester, the look-at-me.”

Does he feel he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame?

“No. I never played to be here. I’d rather somebody else be here. I don’t need this. It means nothing to me. I’m getting into the Hall of Fame for averaging five points [actually 7.3]. Plus, I had to pay them $25,000 to bring in family and friends. So I’m paying them to put me in the Hall and say good things about me.”

On the NBA lockout

“They’re $500 million apart. I don’t think there’ll be a season ­unless the players give up a whole lot.”



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