Dennis Rodman Almost Committed Suicide In 1993 Until A Special NBA Media Member Saved His Life

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Dennis Rodman is one of the craziest out-there basketball personalities the NBA has ever seen.

From his crazy hair colors and aggressive style of play to his off-court antics, including hanging out with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Rodman entertained NBA fans all throughout the 1990's.

But you may be surprised to learn that it was quite possible Dennis wouldn't have lived past the year 1993.

Back in 1993, Rodman was playing for the Detroit Pistons, and was having a pretty stellar year, averaging 7.5 points and 18.3 rebounds a game, leading the league.

Off the court for Rodman however, was a different story.

Dennis was going through a very rough divorce with his first wife, Annie Bakes, and was not taking it very well. On top of this, despite his stellar stats, his Pistons, who he had won two titles with, were hovering around .500 for most of the season, and his former coach, Chuck Daly, had left the team.

In a story Rodman told in his autobiography, Bad As I Want To Be, the power forward headed off to the Palace of Auburn Hills, left a suicide note with a friend, loaded a shotgun and sat in his car, mulling over the decision to take his own life.

He ended up falling asleep in his car, waking up to the torches of policemen at his window.

It was later revealed that beloved NBA media personality Craig Sager had stopped Rodman from killing himself earlier on that same night. Via Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated.

Dennis Rodman, who went AWOL from the Pistons in 1993 and planned to commit suicide, until Sager tracked down the Worm on the second floor of a Detroit strip club. “The Landing Strip,” Sager recalls. “He had the gun. He was going to do it. I told him how stupid that would be.”

As you can see, the late Sager wasn't only a nice guy for the cameras. It's no wonders every single NBA player and coach loved him.

Rodman hasn't forgotten what Craig has done for him either. When Sager passed away in 2016, Rodman was one of the first men to send his condolences to his family.

Without Craig Sager's goodwill, we may have never seen the Bulls three-peat again, let alone the rest of Dennis Rodman's career.