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THE DIRTIEST PLAYER?
William F. Read
April 14, 1997
Dennis Rodman and John Stockton would seem to be about as different as two human beings—much less two basketball players—could be. But according to our panel of 29 NBA players, coaches and executives, the two share something on the hardwood: a penchant for taking things a bit too far. We asked our panelists to name the league's dirtiest player, and to no one's surprise, Chicago's Rodman came in first, with 10 votes—but Stockton's five votes, good for second place, might raise a few eyebrows. "He's sneaky," said one assistant coach, "always grabbing, pulling and tugging. He holds as he sets picks."
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April 14, 1997

The Dirtiest Player?

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Dennis Rodman and John Stockton would seem to be about as different as two human beings—much less two basketball players—could be. But according to our panel of 29 NBA players, coaches and executives, the two share something on the hardwood: a penchant for taking things a bit too far. We asked our panelists to name the league's dirtiest player, and to no one's surprise, Chicago's Rodman came in first, with 10 votes—but Stockton's five votes, good for second place, might raise a few eyebrows. "He's sneaky," said one assistant coach, "always grabbing, pulling and tugging. He holds as he sets picks."

A lot of those picks are for teammate Karl Malone, who earned three votes of his own. "He's a cheap-shot artist," said one assistant coach, who, probably for reasons of his own safety, requested anonymity. Elbowing his way between Stockton and Malone for third was New York's Charles Oakley, with four votes. (A second tag-team also made the list: A.C. Green and Shawn Bradley of the Mavericks.)

As for Rodman's first-place finish, he was the biggest favorite since Secretariat in the Belmont Stakes. The Worm turns a lot of stomachs. "A certain element likes the sideshow atmosphere," says Kings VP Geoff Petrie, "but the game isn't going to miss him when he's gone."

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