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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 February 2006, 22:02 GMT
Rodman plots 'dream' NBA return
Dennis Rodman
Rodman was a controversial but popular figure in his UK games
Dennis Rodman said he wanted to make a comeback in the NBA after completing his three-game stint at Brighton Bears.

The 44-year-old, who helped Brighton beat London 103-84 in the British Basketball League on Wednesday, said two NBA sides had offered him trials.

"My dream is to get back into the NBA on the back of these games - Portland and Toronto have offered me try-outs," said the former Chicago Bulls star.

Brighton's Terrance McGee had 32 points and Rodman grabbed nine rebounds.

Rodman, who also appeared on reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother while in the UK, returns to the US having earned a reputed 50,000 for his three games for Brighton.

The Bears have also found themselves at the centre of a row after infringing rules that say clubs can have a maximum of only three players requiring work permits.

You've got one of the biggest names in basketball playing in your little league and you have to follow some dumb rules
Nick Nurse
Brighton Bears coach
They are expected to find out on Thursday what action will be taken against them for breaching the BBL work-permit regulations in the game at home to Guildford earlier this month.

Brighton failed to de-register one of their three work permit players when Rodman was added to the team for the Guildford game, which took them over the limit for non-national players.

Brighton coach Nick Nurse accused the BBL of being small-minded over the issue.

He said: "It's ridiculous. You've got one of the biggest names in basketball playing in your little league and you have to follow some dumb rules.

"People should be talking about what a great addition Dennis Rodman has been to the British League but instead we're having a row about work permits."

And after the side lost to league leaders Newcastle on Tuesday, Rodman went out on a high the following night.

Terrence McGee scored a game-high 32 points in the defeat of London Towers, with Rodman finishing with four points and nine rebounds.

The Bears edged each of the first three quarters by seven points apiece and Towers were unable to recover the deficit in the last 10 minutes.

Lynard Stewart led the scoring for the Towers with 32 points.

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