SPRINGFIELD, Mass. --- The acknowledgement list could only belong to Dennis Rodman.
There were coaches Phil Jackson and fellow inductee Tex Winter. He mentioned teammate Michael Jordan, along with rockers Eddie Vedder and Motley Crue. And he thanked that guy Stern who's coming to see him tonight.
That's Howard Stern, not the NBA commissioner.
Rodman's uncommon blend of basketball and entertainment has arrived at the sport's birthplace, where he will be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame today as part of the 10-person class of 2011.
Dressed in all black, wearing sunglasses, an Ed Hardy tattooing hat and a scarf that read "The Worm, HOF '11" on the inside, the five-time NBA champion was the center of attention Thursday.
Exactly the way he likes it.
"I just love living life free. And for me to shine, I shine every damn day," Rodman said. "This is for other people here that don't get to see these famous people that's going to come in this building tomorrow."
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Chris Mullin is the other headline name in the class, though much of the focus was on Rodman.
Stanford women's coach Tara VanDerveer, who has led Stanford to two national championships and won more than 800 games, joins Winter and Division II Philadelphia University coach Herb Magee, the career leader at the collegiate level with more than 900 wins, as the coaches being enshrined. Jackson will present both Rodman and Winter, whose triangle offense was used by Jackson to build dynasties in Chicago and Los Angeles.
Eight-time NBA champion Tom "Satch" Sanders, big men Artis Gilmore and Arvydas Sabonis; the late Reece "Goose" Tatum of the Harlem Globetrotters, and women's star Teresa Edwards, who won five Olympic medals -- four golds -- and is entering her fifth Hall of Fame, also will be honored at Symphony Hall.
Rodman, who once wore a wedding dress to a book signing, said he won't wear a dress today. But it'll be better than Thursday's getup.
"This is nothing. Tomorrow's going to be way different. It's going to be totally out there. You'll think Elton John's on the stage. That's what it's going to be like. But it's going to be in all good taste fun."