Dennis Rodman, saying he felt "old and unwanted" returned to practice Tuesday but didn't start for the Chicago Bulls as they faced the Indiana Pacers.
For the second straight game, his spot in the starting lineup was taken by Toni Kukoc.Rodman skipped practices Sunday and Monday and was fined for his absences. He claimed he missed Sunday's shootaround because he lost his truck keys.
Coach Phil Jackson then benched the six-time rebounding champion for the start of Sunday's game against Detroit.
Rodman, unhappy about playing only 21 minutes Sunday, still didn't explain his Monday absence.
"How do you think I felt having a couple of days off? It felt good," Rodman said Tuesday as he entered the United Center. "I've heard all kinds of stories - he's on drugs, he's doing this and he's doing that."
After speaking with Jackson, Rodman returned to practice Tuesday morning. He didn't start against Indiana but received a loud ovation when Jackson sent him in late in the first quarter.
"We saw each other yesterday and got that water over the bridge," Jackson said. "He's been fined."