King of the Hipsters

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About Patrick Hayes

Patrick Hayes is a senior writer for PistonPowered.com in ESPN's TrueHoop Network. He's contributed at SLAM, MLive, SB Nation and various other places. He's also an inconsistent tweeter. His first book, 'The HIGH-erarchy: Ranking the top 30 NBA talent producing high schools in history,' is available here.

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  1. I’m not being critical of your column, because it is good, but I don’t get “hipster” from Dennis Rodman. I get “different”.

    Dennis was different because he was a late bloomer. Most NBAers, even during the 80s and early 90s, peak years are from age 19 to 26. Rodman wasn’t a star until his late 20s to early 30s. Dennis was different because his game wasn’t about scoring. His real irony is that he became a Hall of Famer for being GREAT at rebounding and defense. Two things most basketball “stars” ignore. Dennis was also different because he became an endorser because of his counterculture attitudes and actions. Michael Jordan became the man to the man. Dennis Rodman became rich and famous for sticking it to the man.

    Dennis Rodman was different.

    • Patrick Hayes says:

      Lance:

      I see what you’re saying re: the hipster thing. I didn’t mean so much that Rodman himself is a hipster. But the NBA undoubtedly has a hipster following, particularly in recent years, that those articles I linked to mentioned. I was more suggesting that Rodman was kind of the precursor to that simply because he was the first NBA star who drew non-traditional sports/basketball fans to the game.

  2. When I was getting into basketball I remember seeing Rodman kick that cameraman, and I really thought he was such a goon, such a “bad guy”.

    Now I’m older and I understand things a little better. I understand Rodman’s history before he became the out of control enemy.

    Now I just like him. It’s a shame a guy that is as intelligent as Rodman has made some of the wacked decisions he has.

    But I think overall he’s a good guy and treats his family well.

    Good read.

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