Dennis Rodman "Back to A-List" but Hopefully Not Too Big for Fort Lauderdale Shenanigans

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Rodman, back in his Electra days.
A buddy of mine named Josh -- who asked that I use just his last name due to his embarrassment about this story -- was walking across the street in front of Archie's bar one day when a gigantic, tattooed man called out to him. It was Dennis Rodman, and the former NBA star said, "Hey, man, hold on."

Josh stopped and approached. Rodman extended his hand and then grasped Josh's hand in both of his.

"Don't freak out on me man, OK?" Madonna's former beau asked. "Don't freak out -- I love you."

Rodman stared at Josh for a minute. A long minute. Josh finally replied, "Thank you, Dennis."

"Man, it's those colors you're wearing. I love that combination."  

"Thanks, Dennis. Have a nice day."

Josh pulled his hand out of Rodman's grasp, and "The Worm" replied, "You too."

Truth is, run-ins with Rodman aren't uncommon around here. If you've spent considerable time in bars or restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, chances are you've shared a drink with Rodman, watched him get on stage with the house band, or generally just had him say something bizarre to you.

But now we have to wonder if the days of Rodman's everywhere persona could be over. In
April, he finally made it into the NBA Hall of Fame. His duties as a corporate shill have recently brought him up to higher brands. And this past weekend, a headline in the New York Times declared that Rodman is "Already Back on 'A' List."

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Rodman made an impromptu appearance with the band Bushwood during a recent album release party at Shooters.
This is a man, we have to remember, who once removed his shoes in a playoff game and refused to go back in. He married Carmen Electra while drunk off his ass, only to have it erased ten days later. His wild behavior on Celebrity Apprentice led to an intervention with NBA coach Phil Jackson.

And all that made it even odder while he showed up in Fort Lauderdale, frequenting Big City on Las Olas and Ocean Manor on the beach. But now the Times says Rodman is back to big-time celebrity and plans to send invites for his August 12 Hall of Fame induction ceremony to Jay Leno, Penny Marshall, Steven Tyler, and Hulk Hogan. "I'm not going to go up there and be a dictator or a congressman," he told the Times. "I'm just going to go up there and say what's on my mind. I might even color my hair again."

It'd be a shame if we lose the sightings like I had one night at Big City, when Rodman walked past the bar and smiled big at me, or maybe my wife, and said in a high-pitched voice, "Hiiiii, honey!" His hands were propped up at angles, and I believe he was standing on his toes. My wife and I still debate which one of us he was hitting on.

Either way, hopefully his A-list status doesn't mean he'll get too big for our small city.
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BUSHWOOD
BUSHWOOD

If you live in south FL, please come out to Revolution Live and support local reggae rock on Wednesday, March 7, as BUSHWOOD & Spred The Dub open up for Sublime Tribute band Badfish!! You can donwload Bushwood's debut album for free (courtesy of ThePier.org) here: http://thepier.org/bushwood-se... or stream here: http://bushwood.bandcamp.com/ Official Website: http://BushwoodBand.com  (go here for ALL upcoming shows!)

Link to other DRod article/interview: http://blogs.browardpalmbeach....

BUSHWOOD
BUSHWOOD

If you live in south FL, please come out to Revolution Live and support local reggae rock on Wednesday, March 7, as BUSHWOOD & Spred The Dub open up for Sublime Tribute band Badfish!! You can donwload Bushwood's debut album for free (courtesy of ThePier.org) here: http://thepier.org/bushwood-se... or stream here: http://bushwood.bandcamp.com/ Official Website: http://BushwoodBand.com  (go here for ALL upcoming shows!)

Link to other DRod article/interview: http://blogs.browardpalmbeach....

BUSHWOOD
BUSHWOOD

Just wanted to leave an update and share this video of when Zach Deputy came out and sang on BUSHWOOD's version of "I Shot the Sheriff" during this past weekend's show at the Culture Room ! Please share! Thanks BUSHWOOD featuring Zach Deputy - "Open Up Your Eyes" > "I Shot The Sheriff" Live @ Culture Room 9/24/11 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

BUSHWOOD
BUSHWOOD

Just wanted to leave an update and share this video of when Zach Deputy came out and sang on BUSHWOOD's version of "I Shot the Sheriff" during this past weekend's show at the Culture Room ! Please share! Thanks

BUSHWOOD featuring Zach Deputy - "Open Up Your Eyes" > "I Shot The Sheriff" Live @ Culture Room 9/24/11 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Midnight Rider
Midnight Rider

We ran into Dennis and he is as friendly as they come. He just came and sat down at our table and struck it up with kids. Good guy and wish him the best.

Baller
Baller

Rodman is great and it's cool he's in the Hall of Fame now.

BUSHWOOD
BUSHWOOD

lol @ the worm! what a crazy sunday night! thanks for including us in the article. we actually JUST released our debut album and are throwing our album release show this Friday night 5/20 at the Bierbrunnen Beer Garden in Ft. Lauderdale, FL! 3 sets, music starts at 9:30pm! come on out! FB event: https://www.facebook.com/event... Official Site: http://BushwoodBand.com Buy/Listen on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/alb... BandCamp Stream/Purchase: http://bushwood.bandcamp.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Bushwo...  Twitter: http://twitter.com/BushwoodBan... YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/view_pl... ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/bu... SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/bushwood

Kinder
Kinder

Posts like this make me really miss Pulp. IJS

Ft. Lauderdale Resident
Ft. Lauderdale Resident

What you typically won't read about Rodman.... 

I lived in Downtown Fort Lauderdale for 6 years and used to run about 20 miles a week.  Down Las Olas, around the beach, and typically around Downtown Fort Lauderdale.  Being out and about that much, especially on foot, you constantly see the same homeless people.  There used to be a homeless man in a wheel chair (Charlie) that would always be around Esplanade Park and generally in the Himarshee area.  Nice enough guy and after a while, when picking up food after a long run, I'd often buy him a couple of tacos and we'd shoot the shit before i walked home.  Often times, he'd be beaming that he'd recently had a Rodman "encounter" where the king of rebounding would either give him $20, buy him some food, or even give him the shirt off his back.  But more importantly, without hangups or any second thoughts, Rodman would take the time to talk to this guy about life, basketball, and whatever whacky stuff used to come into his head.  As Charlie used to say, he's a weird dude but he's a good dude.  Think Jordan or Pippen are doing that?

Guest
Guest

 I enjoyed your comment.

Guest
Guest

II think it's great to have celebrity sightings in our town.

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