Those who favored Rodman liked his defensive skills, his toughness and his unselfishness. "Rodman is the ultimate team player," said the Spurs' Larry Brown. "Night in and night out, he just kills himself every minute of every game. That's an unbelievable quality in any player."
THE SUN KINGS?
Plugging away at the bottom of the Continental Basketball Association standings, way behind the perennial powerhouse Albany (N.Y.) Patroons (22-4 at week's end), are the Yakima (Wash.) Sun Kings (6-20). As a public service, SI gives answers to some of the questions you've been asking about the Sun Kings—or would have been asking, had you ever heard of them before reading this.
Q. Where is Yakima?
A. It's in south central Washington, about 140 miles from Seattle and 190 from Spokane. The city, which has about 50,000 people, got its name from Native Americans who still live in the area.
Q. Where do the Sun Kings play?
A. At the 6,100-seat Yakima Sun Dome located on the Central Washington Stale Fairgrounds.
Q. What does the sun have to do with all this?
A. Well, Yakima's area of the state, sometimes called the Palm Springs of Washington, is relatively sunny and dry—compared with Seattle, anyway—and is a prime fruit-growing region.
Q. So what is the team mascot, a Sun King (whatever that might be)?