Bad as I Wanna Be by Dennis Rodman

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A wild ride inside the glowing head of Dennis Rodman--the NBA's greatest rebounder and America's most outspoken and outrageous athlete.

When Sports Illustrated put the man they call "America's most provocative athlete" on their cover, they sold more copies than any other issue they had sold in a decade (except the swimsuit issue). Why? Because Dennis Rodman, superstar basketball player who joined the Chicago Bulls for the 1996 season, has more in common with Mick Jagger than with his new teammate Michael Jordan. With his body-covering tattoos and ever-changing fluorescent hair, Rodman's sideline antics and celebrated benchings have captivated sports fans as much as his record-breaking on-court performances and earned him a reputation as a rebel with the same penchant for shocking behavior as his on-again off-again squeeze, Madonna. In Bad as I Wanna Be he shares his surprising and candid opinions on everything from fame, money, and race relations, to sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll--and he'll talk about his life, from going to prison for stealing watches to his daughter, the light of his life.

At a time when most celebrities and professional athletes try to control their public personas like politicians and refrain from expressing their true beliefs, Dennis Rodman is a refreshingly unique, uncompromising individual who both transcends his world and refuses to conform to it. Bad as I Wanna Be is as candid, intriguing, and unforgettable as he is.

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Published July 15, 1996 by Delacorte Press. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Much is made of this stroke of luck, in starkly sentimental and patronizing scenes that raise a large question: If Pat Rich (Dee Wallace Stone) and James Rich (John Terry) were indeed the wise, compassionate parents Mr. Rodman had been waiting for, why didn't their love and example serve him bett...

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This memoir by the NBA's top rebounder-turned-cross-dressing media icon has sold more than 725,000 copies.

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What's inside is even more revealing, as the NBA's perennial leader in rebounds, tattoos (he's got 11) and childish outbursts (he was recently suspended for head-butting a referee) writes with profane candor about playing basketball ("We're professional prostitutes"), race ("A black player knows ...

May 27 1996 | Read Full Review of Bad as I Wanna Be


Just when we thought we might be able to rid our lives of His Royal Hairness for good, up pops Dennis Rodman again in this inevitable TV biopic whose lesson appears to be that painting your hair, tattooing your skin and piercing your nasal passage does wonders to stave off a midlife crisis -- par...

Feb 05 1998 | Read Full Review of Bad as I Wanna Be

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