Basketball: Rodman calls off his retirement

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The Independent Online
DENNIS RODMAN has changed his mind and decided not to retire after all. The NBA's most colourful player posted a message on his Internet site yesterday announcing his decision and his agent, Dwight Manley, confirmed that the player wants to return to professional basketball.

"I've been reviewing my options," Rodman wrote, "and those options still include playing in the NBA this season with a contender. Chicago, New York and LA are all cities I'd like to play in. Playing overseas could be pretty cool, too."

Rodman had announced his retirement on Tuesday as rumours spread that he was about to be traded to the New York Knicks. Manley, who had said he would no longer represent Rodman, said he had spoken with the player yesterday. "It's true," Manley said of Rodman's change of heart.

If the Bulls were to resuscitate a sign-and-trade deal for Rodman, they had to do so by yesterday's deadline. Chicago were expected to renounce their rights to Michael Jordan and complete sign-and-trade deals for Scottie Pippen (to Houston), Luc Longley (to Phoenix) and Steve Kerr (to San Antonio). Chicago may be ready to make a deal with the Knicks, trading Rodman for Buck Williams.

"I've had some long discussions with the people I love, the ones whose opinions matter most to me, and I've decided not to retire after all," Rodman announced on his website. "I know yesterday I said I was history and, with the NBA lock-out and everything going on, I really thought I should stop playing.

He added: "I still have to come back for at least one more game so that I can get buck naked on the court."

The 37-year-old Rodman won titles with Chicago in 1996, 1997 and 1998, and with the Detroit Pistons in 1989 and 1990.

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