Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rodman Shows off New Hairdo, Same Attitude as He Joins Bulls

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rodman Shows off New Hairdo, Same Attitude as He Joins Bulls

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Dennis Rodman removed the ski cap, revealing his latest coiffure creation. The hair was red, except for a black bull at the crown.

It's a new era for the Chicago Bulls.

"I had a relative who said, `Why run off to join the circus? It's come to join us,' " Bulls coach Phil Jackson said during media day Thursday when the just-acquired Rodman stole the spotlight from Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and the rest of the Bulls. "It's a little wild."

Once identified by Jordan's soaring, balletic moves, the Bulls' most recognizable player is now a hired gun they used to despise.

Jordan and Pippen were mostly gracious in their comments about their new teammate, the always controversial four-time NBA rebounding champion who arrived this week in a trade with San Antonio for backup center Will Perdue.

Pippen seemed skeptical about Rodman's ability to blend in.

"I think we went out and got a good player. Hopefully, we can stay together as a team," said Pippen, who for the 17 months of Jordan's retirement was the unquestioned team leader but now must play third fiddle to the magnificent Michael and the outrageous Dennis.

During the 1991 playoffs, when Rodman was the baddest of the Detroit Pistons' infamous Bad Boys, Pippen was the recipient of a vicious shove in the back that earned Rodman a $5,000 fine.

"I knew that question was coming," said Pippen, who still has a scar on his chin from that incident. "I've pretty much put it all behind me, and I realize that we're now teammates."

Has he had any meaningful conversations with Rodman since? "No," Pippen said, "and I probably never will."

Jordan said that incident "created a fire in us to beat his team. In essence, it helped us get better. Once we beat Detroit, we felt confident we could beat anybody. That helped, even though it created some anger and some hate."

The hate, Jordan said, is gone.

The Bulls got past the Pistons and won three consecutive titles before Jordan retired to play baseball. Jordan returned last March because he thought the Bulls could win a championship. They couldn't with the players they had - or, more accurately, the power forward they didn't have.

Jordan and Pippen were impressed that Jackson and general manager Jerry Krause included them in the decision to go after the 6-foot-8 Rodman. …

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