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What a 'Sober' Dennis Rodman Has Wrought: Topless Women's Basketball

After appearing on "Celebrity Apprentice" and two addiction-themed reality series, the former Chicago Bull announces an unconventional return to the court.

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Retirement has not been easy on Dennis Rodman.

The "bad boy" of basketball only made it five episodes into the 2009 run of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice. And since then, he's tackled an admitted alcohol addiction on VH1 series Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew and Sober House.

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He's maintained a relatively low profile since the 2010 conclusion of his Rehab run, but that may change with Monday's news that he's helping launch a new sport. The New York Post reports that the 50-year-old has plans to coach his own basketball team of topless women.

Rodman says his team will play for one of his favorite establishments, New York's Headquarters Gentlemen's Club, which he's been a patron of for more than 30 years. He was inspired to form the team upon learning rival strip club Rick's Cabaret briefly formed the topless Rick’s Basketball Association during the NBA lockout, which it has since disbanded.

"I don't know too many men that don't like a good-looking woman running up and down around the court," Rodman said.

Tryouts begin soon, with Rodman scouting talent at Gentlemen's. Hopefuls must be at least five foot ten inches, and, as Rodman so eloquently puts it, "You don't have to have too much experience, just know how to throw the ball into the hole."

When Rodman has assembled a roster of women who fit the bill, he says they'll challenge the Rick's Cabaret team in a charity game.

No networks immediately expressed interest in covering the game.