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Rodman marvels at Hall honor

HOUSTON — Dennis Rodman earned plenty of labels during his sometimes turbulent NBA career.

Here's one the player who created chaos on — and sometimes off — the court never expected: Hall of Famer. Rodman headlined the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's 2011 class announced Monday at the Final Four, a group that includes former Dream Team member Chris Mullin and Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer.

"It's just unreal," Rodman said.

And somewhat unexpected, at least to the two-time NBA defensive player of the year and five-time NBA champion who believed his extracurricular activities — including donning a wedding dress to marry himself and kicking a photographer in the groin — would overshadow his accomplishments.

"I looked at the way I am, and I thought I wouldn't get in," Rodman said.

Also part of the class: coaches Tex Winter, innovator of the triangle offense, and Philadelphia University's Herb Magee; longtime NBA and ABA star Artis Gilmore; former Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis; Olympic gold medalist Teresa Edwards; Harlem Globetrotter Reece "Goose" Tatum; and Boston Celtic Tom "Satch" Sanders.

For VanDerveer, Monday's announcement was bittersweet, coming just hours after her Stanford team lost 63-62 to Texas A&M in an NCAA Tournament national semifinal.

"This is kind of a tough morning to be a basketball coach for me waking up after our loss last night," she said on a conference call. "This opportunity to be enshrined in Naismith is an incredible honor, and I'm overwhelmed by it."

Playoff chase

EastW L GB GR

1. Chicago-y 56 20— 6

2. Miami-y 54 23 2½ 5

3. Boston-y 53 23 3 6

4. Orlando-x 48 29 8½ 5

5. Atlanta-x 44 33 12½ 5

6. Philadelphia-x 40 37 16½ 5

7. New York-x 38 38 18 6

8. Indiana 35 43 22 4

Charlotte 32 44 24 6

Milwaukee 31 45 25 6

West W L GB GR

1. San Antonio-x 58 19— 5

2. L.A. Lakers-y 55 21 2½ 6

3. Dallas-x53 2455

4. Oklahoma City-x 50 26 7½ 6

5. Denver-x 47 29 10½ 6

6. Portland4532 135

7. Memphis 44 33 14 5

8. New Orleans 44 33 14 5

Houston 41 36 17 5

Phoenix 37 39 20½ 6

y-Clinched division x-Clinched playoffs

Rodman marvels at Hall honor 04/04/11 [Last modified: Monday, April 4, 2011 10:27pm]
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