*On Sunday’s new episodes of “The Last Dance” — which follows Michael Jordan’s last season with the Chicago Bulls, Dennis Rodman’s famous antics took center stage, as he and MJ had a
tumultuous relationship on the court.
Rodman became a vital player for the Bulls after Scottie Pippen suffered an injury. Chicago Tribute sportswriter Sam Smith said the eccentric baller’s “descent became dramatic.”
“You know, his drinking, his partying, his loosing connection with reality,” Smith added.
ESPN debuted the third and fourth installments of its 10-part “The Last Dance,” series on Sunday, in which Carmen Electra, who was dating Rodman at the time, shed light on his partying tendencies.
Jordan recounted one particular time when Rodman told Bulls coach Phil Jackson that he needed a vacation and wanted to go to Las Vegas — peep the clip below.
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Rodman wanted to take a vacation … mid-season ?
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“If you let this dude go to vacation, we’re not gonna see him,” Jordan recalls telling Jackson at the time. “You let him go to Vegas, we definitely not gonna see him.”
Jackson agreed to Rodman’s request but only if he took two days off and come home immediately.
“He leaves that room, goes straight to the airport. Boom, we don’t hear or see Dennis for 48 hours,” said Jordan.
Here’s what Carmen had to say about that infamous trip to Las Vegas.
“I do remember being in Vegas with him. It was on. The party was starting right away,” Electra reflected. “One thing about Dennis — he had to escape. He liked to go out. He liked to go to clubs. We’d go to his favorite restaurant. Then we’d go to a nightclub. Then we’d go to after hours. It didn’t stop.”
“It was definitely an occupational hazard to be Dennis’ girlfriend,” she added. “He was wild.”
But when Dennis didn’t return home as promised, Jordan came looking for him, much to Carmen’s surprise.
“He didn’t come back on time,” Jordan explained. “So we had to go get his ass out of bed.”
“There’s a knock on the door, and it’s Michael Jordan,” Electra shared, noting her embarrassment at the time. “And I hid. I didn’t want him to see me like that.”
“So I’m just, like, hiding behind the couch with covers over me, [And Jordan goes], “Come on! We got to get to practice.”
The vacation finally came to an end, but Rodman found himself at odds with his teammates.
“It was, like, in his psyche; he needed to get away. But in all honesty, Dennis was always there. He was always on point,” Jordan added.
“The Last Dance” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ESPN.