Dennis Rodman had an exciting yet successful NBA career. He played for some of the best teams in the history of the league and won multiple championships. He also always found a way to be in the limelight.
There was one moment where he had an encounter with the late Craig Sager that would help save Rodman’s life.
Dennis Rodman’s 1992-93 season
Dennis Rodman came into the 1992-93 season after leading the league in rebounding at 18.7 per game the previous season. This was his seventh season with the Detroit Pistons, and he had won two titles with the team in 1989 and 1990. At the time, Rodman was already known for his style of play and how he left everything on the court. Now he was becoming one of the best rebounders in the history of the game.
While Rodman was having success on the court, he was dealing with some issues off the court. In 1993 he was dealing with some personal problems. There were problems with his marriage with his wife at the time, Annie Bakes. That brought Rodman to a place that he did not want to be. Rodman could not deal with the issues of his marriage and play basketball at the same time.
Rodman ended up just disappearing from everyone. No one knew his whereabouts, and Rodman had a lot of people worried. What made things worse was that no one could even guess where Rodman could have been. Rodman was in a dark place, and things could have really bad really quick. But one night, someone saw Rodman and helped him come back to a good place in his life.
The moment Craig Sager saved Dennis Rodman’s life
Craig Sager was a well-known sportscaster, and he was loved by so many people. One thing he will always be remembered for is the multi-colorful suits that he used to wear during games. Sager will forever be missed not only by the basketball community but the entire world.
Before Sager passed away in 2016, he ran into a man in 1993 who was thinking about committing suicide. That man was Rodman. Sager just so happened to find Rodman at a strip club in Detroit and was able to talk him out of shooting himself. If Sager would have never found Rodman that night at that strip club, who knows what could have happened, Rodman may not have been here today to be still able to tell that story.
Rodman was not happy in Detroit, and after that incident, he told Detroit that he wanted to be traded, and he eventually joined the San Antonio Spurs.
Rodman thanked Sager for saving his life
When Sager passed in 2016, everyone across the sports world wanted to pay their respect to a man who had an impact on the world of sports and not just basketball. Rodman was one of those people who paid respect via social media.
He thanked Sager for saving his life back in 1993 via Twitter. Sager touched many lives throughout his career being in sports. His character and personality allowed him to become a well-known and well-respected figure in sports. Rodman will always look back at that moment when he could have lost his life, but Sager stopped that.