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Agent: Dennis Rodman To Retire

Dennis Rodman, the colorful, pierced and tattooed seven-time NBA rebounding leader, has decided to retire from basketball, his agent said today.

"He doesn't want to play," agent Dwight Manley said. "He wants to go into the sports and entertainment field. Some people have convinced him that he wants to become a movie star."

Manley said the Chicago Bulls forward gave him the news late this afternoon over the telephone.

He is retiring even though several teams are interested in him, Manley said. He declined to be specific.

"I don't think that would be fair to those teams," he said.

Rodman won three championships with the Chicago Bulls in 1996, 1997 and 1998, and two titles with the Detroit Pistons in 1989 and 1990.

His career was also marked by outrageous antics, which include: dating Madonna; flying off to gamble in Las Vegas several times a month; marrying actress Carmen Electra and then seeking an annulment; and dressing in drag at his book signing.

Rodman also made an appearance as a professional wrestler over the summer and said he would like to continue doing that.

"I'm not going to represent him anymore," said Manley, who was obviously miffed at his star client's decision.

Manley refused to predict whether Rodman would change his mind, but said his decision to stop representing him "is irreversible."

Rodman's retirement brings further drama to the breakup of the Bulls.

In the past week, Michael Jordan has retired and Scottie Pippen, Luc Longley and Steve Kerr have agreed to sign-and-trade deals sending them to Houston, Phoenix and San Antonio, respectively.

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