Dennis Rodman change his mind? You bet. When the Chicago Bulls were ready to hire Tim Floyd as their coach-in-waiting this summer, Rodman called the move "a joke."
Now Rodman has softened his stance. The seven-time NBA rebounding champion said he's ready to return to the Bulls if and when the NBA lockout ends.
Rodman said the re-hiring of assistants Tex Winter, Frank Hamblen and Bill Cartwright was a positive move.
"It's very difficult for me to listen to anybody but I was real comfortable with Phil Jackson," Rodman told the Chicago Tribune.
"I would imagine Tim Floyd won't have to do too much coaching -- we already know what to do. But I'm not really interested in the man's background. I'm interested in just playing basketball and winning championships."
The 37-year-old Rodman has played a key role in the Bulls' second run of three consecutive titles this decade.
Last season, he had a base salary of roughly $4.5 million with plenty of incentive clauses for good behavior.
He averaged 15 rebounds a game, creating his biggest stir when he skipped a practice during the NBA Finals to attend a wrestling show. Rodman played in 80 of 82 regular-season games.
His agent Dwight Manley said he and his client would be receptive to a similar deal from the Bulls.
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