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Rodman Holds Back Tears, Enters Basketball Hall Of Fame

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Dennis Rodman, left, is embraced by coach Phil Jackson at Rodman's Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement during a ceremony in Springfield, Mass., on Friday, Aug. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Dennis Rodman, left, is embraced by coach Phil Jackson at Rodman’s Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement during a ceremony in Springfield, Mass., on Friday, Aug. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

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Recognized for his basketball talents, Dennis Rodman instead talked about his personal shortcomings.

He hasn’t been a very good husband or father. His relationship with his mother has been strained.

But he had four men he could turn to no matter how hard times got.

Choking up often during an emotional speech, Rodman was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night, giving a look at what’s underneath all the tattoos and outrageous outfits that he became as famous for as anything he did on the court.

“I didn’t play the game for the money, I didn’t play the game to be famous,” he said. “What you see here is more just an illusion, that I love to just be an individual that’s very colorful.”

Arriving at Symphony Hall in a gray suit, feather-lined cowboy hat and giant white sunglasses, he changed into another outfit for his speech, a red scarf and black jacket commemorating the Pistons and Bulls, the teams he helped win five NBA championships.

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