Dennis Rodman embraces Southeastern Oklahoma State

By Jon Marks, Special Correspondent Modified: August 11, 2011 at 11:23 pm •  Published: August 11, 2011
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hurt Rodman that he was unable to attend the funeral due to various commitments.

As for his time at Southeastern, the only school to want him back then, Rodman says now it couldn’t have worked out better.

“That’s the only school that wanted to take me,” he revealed about playing for Jack Hedden’s Savages. “I took the opportunity and I ran with it.

“If I’d gone to a school like a Louisville or any big time school, I’d have gotten lost in the shuffle.”

Not only that, but it might’ve even saved his life. Certainly the work he did with Reisman was instrumental in him achieving this milestone.

“Lonn Reisman saw something in me as far as rebounding, and he worked my tail like no tomorrow,” recalled the 50-year-old Rodman, who is being joined by Chris Mullin, Artis Gilmore and his former Chicago Bulls assistant Tex Winter in the Hall Class of 2011. “I never worked so hard in my life. All day long. “That’s why I appreciate it more today. I didn’t then. I always think about it and reflect on it I could’ve gone on a whole different path if it didn’t go to (SE) Oklahoma.

“I’m just grateful they gave me the opportunity and kept me there.”