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Dennis Rodman Says He, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen ‘Were the Big Three’



Dennis Rodman says he formed the ultimate Big Three with former Bulls teammates Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

Rodman, 58, believes the three Hall of Famers’ dynastic run in Chicago only came to an end in 1998 because the front office refused to meet Jordan’s contractual demands.

The Worm adds that only Draymond Green “sort of” reminds him of his own game and passion in today’s NBA.

Per Bleacher Report:

What’s your relationship with Michael Jordan like these days?

Rodman: “Me and Mike and Scottie have so much love for each other now because we’re not haters with each other. We embrace the fact that we had a chance to play with each other. We’re friends. We’re not calling each other every day and hanging out, but when we see each other, we share the love. Like, ‘Hey, appreciate you, man. I’ve got your back.’ Stuff like that. That’s how we love each other now. We embrace it because we put the NBA back on the map in the ’90s. Me and Mike and Scottie revolutionized the game. The way everyone plays now, that’s how we played then. And now all of a sudden everyone’s talking about Big Threes. Now? Really? We were the Big Three. We were the main three. We consistently won, we consistently won championships. And the only reason we didn’t repeat four in a row is because Mike said, ‘I want X millions of dollars.’ And they didn’t want to pay him, so he left, I left, Scottie left and Phil Jackson left. We were all waiting on Michael. That’s how the run ended.”

Who are the guys in today’s game that remind you the most of yourself as a player?

Rodman: “Players have to have the heart to go out there and do whatever they have to do to win. That’s who I look at. You’ve got the Steph Currys, the LeBron James, players like that. But I want to see the player that says, ‘OK, I want to be the player that stands out to do my job and earn the money for the role that they’re paying me for.’ That’s what I’m looking for. I don’t see that player out there. Draymond Green is something sort of like that. But besides him, I don’t see other players who have that passion, who have that love, that drive, they need basketball. No money, no fame. They have three hours of their life, ‘I’m going out to do my job, to win for people. I’ll get the gratification at the end of the day when I have a ring on my finger.’ That’s the kind of player I’m looking for.”

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Swann resigns after 3-year stint as Trojans’ AD


Lynn Swann has resigned as USC’s athletic director, university president Carol L. Folt announced in a letter Monday.

In the letter addressed to the “Trojan Community,” Folt said Swann’s resignation is effective immediately and called him “a leader on and off the field at USC for nearly five decades.”

Folt, who was hired in March, said the fact that she’s putting together a new leadership team at the university led to Swann’s decision.

“He felt that this was the professional thing to do, to resign and allow me to build my team,” Folt told the Los Angeles Times. “That really is the gist of it.”

Folt told the Times the admissions scandal that rocked USC, as well as other schools, “was not a part of the decision for me.”

Dave Roberts, a special adviser to Folt, will serve as the interim athletic director until a permanent replacement is found.

Roberts, who is also the vice chair of the NCAA committee on infractions, served as the vice president for athletics compliance at USC from 2010 to 2016, when he became a special adviser to then-president Max Nikias.

“The position will be filled with an experienced and accomplished individual,” Folt wrote in the letter.

USC Trustee Suzanne Nora Johnson, a former vice chairman at Goldman Sachs, will chair the search committee, which includes board of trustees chair Rick Caruso; trustees Jeff Smulyan and William McMorrow; alumni representative Bill Allen; vice president for student affairs Winston Crisp; faculty athletics representative Alan Green; academic senate president Rebecca Lonergan; and provost Charles Zukoski. It will also include two student representatives.

“Our Athletics Department puts our student-athletes first by pursuing excellence with integrity,” Folt wrote. “We will build on the traditions and strengths of our exceptional athletics program.

“Our outstanding coaches, administrators and student-athletes work tirelessly every day both in the classroom and on the playing field, to embody the very best of the Trojan spirit. Our Athletics Department, working together with faculty and staff across the university, is focused on preparing all of our students for success in life, wherever they may go.”

Swann was hired by USC in 2016, with the school naming the Pro Football Hall of Famer and Trojans great to replace Pat Haden.

During his tenure, Swann led the Trojans program to “five national championships in five different women’s and men’s sports” and “student-athletes’ cumulative GPA for the past two years and our graduation rate of 86% last year were all-time highs for USC Athletics,” Folt wrote.

But there were problems. The department was linked to multiple high-profile scandals and the football program is coming off its first losing season (5-7) since 2000. (The Trojans are 2-0 this year).

In January, former assistant basketball coach Tony Bland pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery by accepting cash payments to steer players to certain financial advisers and business managers.

And in March, multiple coaches and USC senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel were arrested for roles in the massive college admissions bribery scandal. One coach and one administrator admitted they took bribes to get students into the school. Both have pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges.

Swann, 67, graduated from USC in 1974 with a degree in public relations. He played in two Rose Bowls and won a national championship in 1972 before a nine-year Hall of Fame career in the NFL. He had a long career as a broadcaster for ABC and has served on several corporate boards.



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