There might’ve been a possibility that a 44-year-old Dennis Rodman could’ve played for the Toronto Raptors in the 2005-2006 season.
In case you missed it, this week’s “The Last Dance” episodes focuses extensively on Dennis Rodman. Rodman was considered the third star on that Bulls team and was an integral part of the Chicago Bulls 3-peat. However, life after that Bulls season didn’t live up to the same altitude. And many years down the line, he mentions how the Toronto Raptors were one of the teams to have offered him a tryout. Is this true? and if so, how exactly did he get to this point.
Stints with Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks
After being released by the Chicago Bulls, Dennis Rodman signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1998-1999 lockout season. Yes, Rodman did actually play with Shaquille O’Neal and a 20-year-old Kobe Bryant. But Rodman’s time in the purple and gold was short-lived. Rodman voiced his discontent about the team and brought more bad than good.
The Lakers realized his presence was negative and decided to release him after only 23 games with the team. He spent the rest of the season teamless and was only signed midway through the next season. He was signed by the Dallas Mavericks who were desperate for wins and rebounding. Rodman’s days in the NBA were limited, and 29 days after signing with the Mavericks, Rodman was released.
Rodman hopeful for NBA return
Despite being out of the NBA, Rodman was hopeful for an NBA return and played in various leagues in the ABA, Mexico, and other Amateur leagues. In 2006, while playing in England, Rodman who was 44 years old, told reporters that he was offered a tryout by the Toronto Raptors and Portland TrailBlazers.
Although these reports were shut down immediately by the Toronto Raptors general manager. You can’t help but think that maybe he did actually have an offer and the manager just didn’t want it publicized because of the player’s status.
Afterall, Rodman was 44 and caused nothing but trouble at his last two NBA teams. Maybe he changed? or maybe he just really wanted to play basketball at the top level again. We’ll never know, and we’ll also never know if what he said was true or not. We can only ask ourselves: How crazy it would’ve been if a 44-year-old Dennis Rodman played for the Toronto Raptors?