“He’d jump in the shower…” Shaquille O’Neal reveals Dennis Rodman’s BIZARRE ‘Chicken and Rice’ story that made him miserable teammate

Shaquille O'Neal spills the details on Dennis Rodman's eccentricities, from bizarre pre-game rituals to post-game. clubbing.


“He’d jump in the shower…” Shaquille O’Neal reveals Dennis Rodman’s BIZARRE ‘Chicken and Rice’ story that made him miserable teammate

Shaquille O'Neal and Dennis Rodman (Image credits - Fadeaway World)

Teamwork is highly appreciated by professional basketball players and each of the teams possesses its dynamics. Hence, it was interesting to know how the famous basketball player known for his authority on the court, Shaquille O’Neal, described his time with Dennis Rodman.

Speaking on The Big Podcast with Shaq, he was asked about his worst teammate. O’Neal replied without hesitation that it was Rodman. Despite recognizing Rodman’s greatness as a player, O’Neal explained why cooperating with him was always challenging.

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O’Neal began, describing Rodman’s unconventional pre-game routine

He made it hard. We had to be there an hour before the game; he would come in 15 minutes before the game. Eating chicken and rice, big a*s plate, while the coach is talking. He'll jump in the shower, cold shower come give you 15-20 rebounds

O’Neal presents a picture of sharp contrasts: Rodman eats his food without caring about the next game whereas his mates are having a serious pre-game meeting with the coach. That was the first manifestation of peculiar behavior, portraying Rodman’s incredible endurance despite quirky habits. People were forced to accept the dichotomy in his play, versus the way he acted elsewhere.

Dennis Rodman’s unconventional post-match rituals revealed by Shaquille O’Neal

According to Shaq, after the game, Rodman would hang out in clubs with women instead of showering. This further amplified Rodman’s off-the-hook exploits that had him out late into the night having fun.

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Dennis Rodman
Dennis Rodman (Image credits – X.com)

O’Neil observed Rodman’s distinct qualities and stated that teammates couldn’t accuse him despite complications. This was clear for Rodman’s exceptional contribution to the team, which is evident in his outstanding rebounds. To end, O’Neal summarized their contrasts by saying that he was quite funny, but It wasn’t like you could talk back at him when he gave you twenty rebounds.

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