Michael Jordan had to fly from Chicago to Las Vegas to drag Dennis Rodman out of bed (as Carmen Elektra hid under the covers) and haul him to training, Netflix series on Bulls 1990s glory days reveals
- The Last Dance is a documentary series focusing on the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls
- One episode focusing on Dennis Rodman tells all about a mid-season Vegas trip
- Michael Jordan was forced to travel to the city to bring him back for training
ESPN’s The Last Dance series, which focuses on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ winning 1997-98 season, has shines a light on the incredible episode which saw the franchise allow Rodman to take a holiday to his place of choosing midway through the season.
Despite the protests from Jordan about the wisdom of allowing the volatile star to make the trip, he was given permission to do so in any case.
Michael Jordan had to travel to Vegas to force Dennis Rodman back to training in 1997-98
Rodman had been out partying in the city with actress and then-girlfriend Carmen Electra
The end result saw Jordan make the 1,747-mile trip to Vegas himself to pull his colleague out of his hotel room, which he was sharing with actress and then-girlfriend Carmen Elektra.
Speaking about the incident, Jordan revealed he told team bosses: ‘You let him go on vacation, we’re not going to see him. You let him go to Vegas, and we’re definitely not going to see him.
‘He didn’t come back on time, we had to go get his ass out of bed. ‘I’m not going to say what was in his bed, where he was, blah blah blah.’
Electra was more forthcoming with details of Rodman’s mini-break.
Jordan (centre, number 23) was talking about his expierence on a ESPN documentary series
‘It was on, the party was starting right away,’ she told the documentary. ‘We’d go to his favorite restaurant, then we’d go to a night club, then we’d go to after hours, it didn’t stop.
‘It was definitely an occupational hazard to be Dennis’ girlfriend. He was wild.
‘There was a knock on the door, it’s Michael Jordan, and I hid.
‘I didn’t want him to see me like that, so I’m just hiding behind the couch with covers over me. “Come on, we got to get to practice”.’
Despite his antics, Rodman didn’t lose any of his sharpness on the court.
According to the documentary, on his return to training, the small forward still outperformed all of his team-mates in a conditioning session.
The Bulls went on to be crowned NBA champions that season, beating Utah Jazz in the play-offs.
Despite his blowout, Rodman was still in peak physical condition on his return to training
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