Dennis Rodman must decide if he really wants to play for the Bulls, says coach Phil Jackson, who isn't sure Chicago can win another NBA title without the tattooed forward.
"My message to management was if we couldn't sign Brian Williams, we had to have Dennis -- and we didn't sign Williams. We need Dennis' fire. We need that player who can instill some fear," Jackson told The Associated Press on Wednesday, a day before Rodman was to announce whether he will return.
"I don't know if we can or can't win without him. All I know is it would be a lot easier with him."
Rodman said he would decide by noon today if he'll come back to the team he helped win the last two NBA championships.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal, injured in Tuesday night's exhibition game at Denver, was diagnosed with an abdominal strain. O'Neal is expected to be out a minimum of one week, the team said. The NBA season opens in eight days.