In Episode 3 of “The Last Dance,” Michael Jordan played the diplomat in recounting corralling Dennis Rodman after his midseason, 48-hour excursion to Las Vegas.
“He didn't come back on time. We had to go get his ass out of bed,” Jordan said in the documentary. “And I'm not going to say what's in his bed or where he was.”
The latter half of that quote is key. “I’m not going to say what’s in his bed or where he was.”
Rodman’s ex-spouse Carmen Electra helped with the “what” in Episode 3.
“There's a knock on the door. It's Michael Jordan,” Electra said. “I hid. I didn't want him to see me like that, so I'm just hiding behind the couch with covers over me.”
And Jason Hehir, director of “The Last Dance,” filled us in on the “where.” No, Jordan didn’t fish Rodman out of some undisclosed hotel room across the country. According to Hehir in a recent episode of ESPN’s “Jalen and Jacoby,” Jordan found him in his own apartment — across the street from the United Center.
“I think that’s misconstrued because I’ve seen it written a couple places that he got him out of a hotel room. He got him out of his (Rodman’s) apartment,” Hehir told Jalen Rose and David Jacoby. “He lived across the street from the United Center. He got back. His vacation, part of it happened in Vegas of course, but he got back and still felt like he was going to do a staycation for a little bit in Chicago.
“That’s when Michael said, alright, I’m going to walk across the street. It literally was across the street. So he went with the athletic trainer. They banged on his door. Michael, I think he said off camera, grabbed him by his nose ring and just took him out.”
Needless to say, a ‘staycation’ in Chicago as sequel to the Vegas hiatus is perfectly on brand for Rodman. Jordan even saw it coming.
“If you let this dude go to vacation, we’re not gonna see him. If you let him go to Vegas, we definitely are not gonna see him,” he said in a present-day interview in Episode 3, recalling the initial conversation with Phil Jackson and Rodman, when Rodman pitched the trip. “You not gonna get that dude back in 48 hours. I don’t care what you say, he’s done.”
Rodman eventually returned, worked his way back into shape and played 80 of 82 regular season games in 1997-98 as the Bulls secured their sixth title of the decade. Classic Worm.