March 27, 2014 at 1:00 am

Terry Foster

'Family' breakup upset Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman was upset over the breakup of the Bad Boys. He finally was traded to the Spurs. (Associated Press)

This is the 10th in a series of stories leading to the reunion of the Pistons Bad Boys team Friday at The Palace.

Dennis Rodman went off the deep end during the 1992-93 season.

He was turning into the Rodman of today — often disturbed and controversial, living life how he wanted.

The Bad Boys were breaking up, and you saw the reflection of the rubble in Rodman, who resented that father figure and coach Chuck Daly resigned and was replaced by former assistant Ron Rothstein.

Rodman explained why he was angry. He saw family disappearing around him, and it hurt.

“But I am going to The Palace and demand a trade,” Rodman said.

If he wasn’t traded, he wouldn’t report for camp.

He asked for the trade — and was denied.

So, he didn’t report to camp and was fined $68,000 by the team.

But there was so much more going on.

Rodman was getting a divorce. And there was the night when officials found him in The Palace parking lot with a loaded gun.

Finally, in October 1993, Rodman was traded to the Spurs.

And the era of the “Worm” ended.

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