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Bad as I Wanna Be [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Dennis Rodman
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12. Mai 1997
A wild ride inside the glowing head of Dennis Rodman--the NBA's greatest rebounder and America's most outspoken and outrageous athlete.

When Sports Illustrated put the man they call "America's most provocative athlete" on their cover, they sold more copies than any other issue they had sold in a decade (except the swimsuit issue). Why? Because Dennis Rodman, superstar basketball player who joined the Chicago Bulls for the 1996 season, has more in common with Mick Jagger than with his new teammate Michael Jordan. With his body-covering tattoos and ever-changing fluorescent hair, Rodman's sideline antics and celebrated benchings have captivated sports fans as much as his record-breaking on-court performances and earned him a reputation as a rebel with the same penchant for shocking behavior as his on-again off-again squeeze, Madonna. In Bad as I Wanna Be he shares his surprising and candid opinions on everything from fame, money, and race relations, to sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll--and he'll talk about his life, from going to prison for stealing watches to his daughter, the light of his life.

At a time when most celebrities and professional athletes try to control their public personas like politicians and refrain from expressing their true beliefs, Dennis Rodman is a refreshingly unique, uncompromising individual who both transcends his world and refuses to conform to it. Bad as I Wanna Be is as candid, intriguing, and unforgettable as he is.

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The outspoken NBA star shares his thoughts on his turbulent personal life and successful career, and attitudes on topics including sex, race relations, fame, money, and drugs.

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Dennis Rodman, geboren 1961 in Oak Cliffs, Texas, gewann mit den Detroit Pistons und den Chicago Bulls bereits dreimal die NBA-Championship.

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Von Ein Kunde
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Perhaps it's simply coincidence that I've read Dennis Rodman's book at the same time I've read James Stewart's fog-lifting expose on Bill and Hillary Clinton and their business dealings. Thus, some contrasts conveniently come to mind. In "Blood Sport" readers find a politically motivated couple of idealogues constantly seeking to mask who they are by creating an image of mainstream normalcy. In "Bad As I Wanna Be" readers are able to scratch below an outrageous self-made image to find a fairly normal guy inside...and I emphasize "inside." Certainly most men will never dye their hair five different colors; nor do we desire to dress in women's clothes, cover ourselves with tatoos or appear butt naked on the cover of our biography. Yet, there are some chords which Rodman strikes in his book that echo in the hearts of most men. Themes such as rejection, seeking one's identity, looking beyond the surface and temporality of some of our institutions (like the NBA), hard work and a humble realization that good fortune is arbitrary and can turn at any time. Most people have had an opinion of Rodman which bounces from curiosity to hate, more often hate. As one who was raised in Massachusetts, and therefore a big Bird fan, I still remember the racist remarks Rodman made in his rookie year, following the Celtics' defeat of the Pistons. Yet, after reading his frank recollection of what led him to trigger that famous incident (and the fact that he does give Bird his due in the book)I forgive him. Rodman's language is certainly honest, albeit extremely crude at times. Yet, after sifting through the vulgarities, one can't help but saying: "The guy's got a point, there. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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3.0 von 5 Sternen An honest account of his contribution to basketball. 17. September 1998
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Dennis Rodman has produced a book that reminds us we live in a society of uninformed consumers. Since the book has come out, there has been a cliche division between two camps; those who like his image and those who are offended by it. The reality is, Rodman walks a very fine line between popular entertainer and basketball innovator. As entertainment, his image greatly increased ticket sales; a fact "management" does not properly acknowledge because they (like the fans) are afraid to show approval of such a deviant character. As an innovator, Rodman deserves the respect of true lovers of the game. He is unique because his approach (as he details in the book) has never been utilized with such conscious effort. Rodman seeks to turn the game on its head, using rebounding as a way to win the game. His vision is a game with less points in which defense is ultimately the deciding factor. While his critics regurgitate statistics hoping to lessen any attention given him, Rodman's status as an important contributor to the game will survive. He possesses the conviction that inspires all innovators to persist in the face of public ignorance. Finally, it is ironic that the very same "fans" who seek the excitement of instant gratification, will not admit to the magnetism of his image, nor will they admit to his integrity as a player of the game these "fans" are supposedly so passionate about. This is an informative, entertaining book that should motivate people to respect Mr. Rodman for providing us with great basketball and memorable culture.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The book is excellent, with a good message. 22. August 1996
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This book shows that Dennis Rodman is a great entertainer as well as a fabulous athlete; it also shows why he is a good role model for kids and teenagers. For one thing, he's very honest in speaking his mind; he doesn't hide behind a "wall of fame" or athletic (NBA) privilege. He also has a lot to say about the underside of the NBA-- the warped values and general sleaziness of some of the players in the league. He also talks about men and masculinity in ways that men don't sometimes want to hear, but need to hear. Last, he describes the development of his legendary work ethic for people who aren't necessarily basketball fans. But what I really liked about this book is that Dennis is very insistent that a person take pride in themselves and take pride in who he or she is, no matter who they are. This, along with the message about becoming successful by working hard, makes this a book which has a good message for kids and teenagers as well as adults
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Rodman . . . a human being 29. April 1997
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You can read this book from several points of view.

- If you love basketball (as I do) you can learn and enjoy at the same time just reading it.

- If you want to understand how the life works,
Rodman can teach you.

In many ways the things that happened to him, are the same stuff that everybody gets in life.
Individual Success, Team success, love, frustration, crazy stuff, etc.

The only thing that I don't like about the book, is that SOMETIMES Rodman believes that he is the focus on everything. But that only shows the fact : Rodman is a human being.
I like how Rodman plays and the respect that he has about himself.
By the way, I don't have the american way of live, because I don't live in USA. So this can give you a different perspective for my understanding about the book.
So, let the man live his own life
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A True Classic, Folks
Man, Dennis Rodman gave me a whole different look at his personality. He has an open imagination and a different outlook of the NBA. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 11. Juni 2000 von A wrestler
2.0 von 5 Sternen Just more takes by Rodman
This book was alright (it got me through jury duty). If you like Rodman and you want to hear his opinions about fellow players and what the NBA is really like, then check this... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. Mai 2000 von Eric Aros
5.0 von 5 Sternen BAD AS HE WANTS TO BE
Veröffentlicht am 24. April 2000 von "lilpenny2368"
5.0 von 5 Sternen Einfach briliant! Wahre Hintergründe der NBA
Rodman schildert in seinem Buch nicht nur seinen American-Dream Aufstieg aus dem Ghetto von Dallas in die stärkste Basketballliga der Welt , sondern legt auch... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 16. Februar 2000 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Its Bad Its More Than Nationwide!
Is Dennis Rodman an oustanding member of our society, Heck No! In addition, he rarely seems to admit he has done anything wrong in his life. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 22. Januar 2000 von G. J Wiener
4.0 von 5 Sternen Its Bad Its More Than Nationwide!
Is Dennis Rodman an oustanding member of our society, Heck No! In addition, he rarely seems to admit he has done anything wrong in his life. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 22. Januar 2000 von G. J Wiener
5.0 von 5 Sternen the truth about the current nba
race,sex,drugs,class very much of todays sports in general and life for that matter.while the images of the nba are glossy and everybody says the right thing dennis rodman tells it... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 8. Januar 2000 von mistermaxxx08
5.0 von 5 Sternen Bad As I Wanna Be
An excellent tell all book. A glimpse into the mind of a great athlete. Well written and very articulate. Great editing. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 29. Dezember 1999 von Collette Sharp
1.0 von 5 Sternen Literarisch wertlos
Die Autobiografie "Bad as I wanna be" von Dennis Rodman gibt Einblicke in Rodmans Leben und die NBA innerhalb und ausserhalb des eigentlichen Sports. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 29. November 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Live and Un-cut Dennis
I thought it was great! If you like Dennis, you'll love this. The Madonna chapter was especially interesting! I couldn't put the book down. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 27. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
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