“He Let Me Just Be a Man”: Dennis Rodman Once Made a Truthful Admission on “Father Figure” Chuck Daly’s Coaching Methods

Published 11/18/2022, 7:30 AM EST

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Dennis Rodman lived his life on his own terms, and his life reads like a movie script. Rodman’s father abandoned him when he was just three years old. Before discovering his passion for basketball, Rodman worked as a janitor and even spent a night in jail. Rodman compliments Chuck Daly as a “father figure”, who led the Detroit Pistons to two straight championship wins in 1989 and 1990.

However, Rodman had some difficulties interacting with his teammates during his first season with the Pistons. But, with time, he began to form positive relationships with his colleagues. Furthermore, he considers Chuck Daly to be a great mentor and a father figure. Daly once stated Rodman is someone who wears his emotions on his sleeves.


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Rodman was different as compared to his teammates, so in an interview, he remembered how his coach Daly’s guidance helped him.

Dennis Rodman on Chuck Daly

During a sit down a few years ago, Dennis Rodman was asked how Chuck Daly helped him. He said, “I just think that he let me just be a man more than anything, you know. Because when you are around men, especially in basketball, it elevates your whole lifestyle.”

This guidance turned out to be gold for Rodman because it helped him learn from the veterans and helped him become a great player.


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Rodman has played under two great coaches, Phil Jackson, and Chuck Daly. Daly resigned after the Detroit Pistons‘ failure in 1992. And the person who was most affected by the resignation was Rodman. So in 1993, he made his way to the San Antonio Spurs where he played under John Lucas II and Bob Hill.


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With a reputation as the NBA’s “Bad Boy,” Rodman was traded to the Chicago Bulls in 1995. Rodman became a core player for the Bulls. There he met Phil Jackson, one of the greatest coaches of all time. After Michael Jordan, Jackson frequently mentions Rodman as his favorite player to coach.

Jackson was regarded as a master in dealing with people. He had his own methods of controlling Rodman. According to him, he never tried to restrain Rodman; his anger was his style of playing. And this was just one of the many qualities that marked Jackson as one of the greatest in the game.


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Ritesh Jha


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Ritesh Jha is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Technology in Computer Science from Rungta College. Ritesh worked as an intern content writer for a digital marketing agency called KCAS Branding before joining EssentiallySports.
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Bagavathi Eswaran