Rodman should be scoring more points off offensive rebounds alone. The Worm's M.O. is to grab an offensive board and cither throw it back out to his guards or dribble toward the backcourt and hand it off.
Could it be that Rodman simply doesn't shoot because he doesn't want to risk being fouled? After all, this season he's shooting just 42% from the free throw line.
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Craig Hodges, the three-time defending champion of the league's three-point shooting contest on All-Star Saturday, has been waiting for a call to play in this year's contest. It will not come. "For me to contact them [the NBA] just isn't right," says Hodges, who was waived by the Bulls in July and hasn't caught on with any team. "With all I've done in that contest, I think I deserve the respect of being invited."
Rod Thorn, the NBA's director of operations, says the league did not even consider inviting Hodges to the 1993 shootout in Salt Lake City on Feb. 20. "The contest is for active players," says Thorn, "and Hodges is not active. It's simple."
What makes it less simple from Hodges's perspective, however, is the fact that Lithuanian sharpshooter Rimas Kurtinaitis was invited to participate in the 1989 shoot-out in Houston, even though he was not on an NBA roster. And that a sort-of-retired Magic Johnson competed in last year's All-Star Game in Orlando while not on the Lakers' active roster.
"Not the same thing," says Thorn. "Kurtinaitis was an active player, and Magic was voted in by the fans."
Hodges feels that his exclusion goes beyond hairsplitting on the rules. "Political reasons," he says. He feels that NBA teams have been scared off by his religious beliefs (he's a practicing Muslim) and by his strong ties to the black community—he created a program called Operation UNITE, which brings athletes and entertainers together to raise money for urban high school athletic teams.
"When you have teams in this league that can't shoot, and you have a proven player like myself who can shoot, what am I supposed to think?" says Hodges, 32.
One thing is for sure: Hodges and the retired Larry Bird (who won the first three shoot-outs, in 1986, '87 and '88) have given the contest its finest moments. Hodges is the only player to have competed in all seven, holds the single-round record of 25 baskets (of 30) and made a record 19 in a row two years ago. He is truly the game's three-point king. And he deserves to be there on All-Star Saturday.