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NBA "bad boy" Dennis Rodman pens children's book

(CBS News) DETROIT - Former Detroit Pistons' star Dennis Rodman, who made a name for himself in the tabloids as well as on the basketball court, hopes to pass on tough lessons he learned in adulthood through a children's book.

CBS Detroit affiliate WWJ reported that the book, "Dennis the Wild Bull," promises to "convey good lessons to children based on Dennis' own experiences as a world-class athlete while overcoming obstacles as a child.

The NBA Hall of Famer played with the Pistons from 1986-1993, winning two NBA Championships and appearing in the All-Star game in 1990 and 1992. He was the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year in 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons. He retired his jersey last year.

The cover of Dennis Rodman's new children's book.
The cover of Dennis Rodman's new children's book.

Rodman's successful career came with a turbulent personal life. After a difficult childhood, he established a reputation for himself as a "bad boy," dying his hair different colors, having an affair with Madonna and throwing a parade featuring himself in full makeup and a bridal gown.

He appeared on the VH1 reality show "Celebrity Rehab" with Dr. Drew in 2009, where he revealed his alcoholism, started recovery and tried to make amends with family. He was also admitted to rehab in 2008 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after a domestic violence charge.

He recently reconnected with his father after 42 years of separation and hopes the children's book will help strengthen his relationship with his own children, WWJ reported.

The book is due out later this year and copies, signed by Rodman, can be pre-ordered for $30 at

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