Jackattack wrote:Rodman was a great athlete, he had jumps for sure, but I can also remember him conserving his energy and walking around the paint a lot.
His job was to box out and rebound, so I can see maybe why he'd still have energy at the end of a game, vs the superior player MJ who was doing a lot more running, leaping, and landing hard. Rodman may have been in great shape, but I remember the way he moved looking very strange. Almost awkward. not smooth and natural like most athletes.
Bigs pretty much said what i was going to say, but id like to add a couple of points. MJ did a lot more runnin and leaping and all that, but it takes a lot more energy to box out a guy and rebound than it does to shoot or dunk...and on the offensive side it takes more energy to post up than to run without the ball, catch, and shoot.
that's something that i dont think a lot of ballers nowadays dont realize...im talking about the guys at the courts that just shoot and handle the ball. they tell you to rebound, rebound, rebound, and then expect you to go post up on the other end of the court every time down. having friends that are all a different heights, ive played every position from point guard to center and i can honestly say that big men use a lot more energy at given moments, whereas the small guys can spread their energy throughout the game cuz they dont have to bang with other big guys.
that said, rodman's role was to defend and rebound, both of which he excelled at without being terribly athletic. in fact, as far as athleticism goes, he wasnt. if what you look for in an athlete is the competitive spirit, the work ethic, the passion for the game, playing with heart, hustling, and excelling at your role, then jackson was right to claim rodman as the greatest athlete he ever coached. if all you look for is someone who is a great player, then MJ would be the obvious choice.