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Rodman Not in Pacers’ Sights

October 6, 2001

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The Indiana Pacers have a message for Dennis Rodman: Nice to see you but all jobs are filled.

The seven-time NBA rebounding champion had said he expected to return to the NBA this season at age 40. Specifically, he said he could be playing for the Pacers.

That’s news to the Pacers.

``I met with Dennis,″ Pacers president Donnie Walsh said. ``We had a good meeting before the season. Our roster is full.″

Rodman was asked by host Jim Rome on ``The Last Word,″ broadcast by Fox Sports Net on Friday night, if he would soon be back in an NBA uniform.

``Absolutely, absolutely. I’ve talked to a couple teams,″ said Rodman, who hasn’t played in the NBA since the Dallas Mavericks released him after 13 games late in the 1999-00 season. ``Indiana is really interested right now. So hopefully next week, I’ll get the call, or tomorrow, and I’ll go back and give it hell.″

He was a member of two championship teams in Detroit, where he played with current Pacers coach Isiah Thomas.

When asked if he’d rather be with Michael Jordan, his former Bulls teammate, or Thomas, Rodman said: ``If I was with Michael Jordan, it would be good for me, just because of the fame and the money and stuff like that. If I go to Indiana, same thing. I can be popular because I’m with Reggie Miller and Isiah and those guys. So, it doesn’t really matter to me at this point.″

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