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RODMAN REJOINS SPURS - GREEN HAIR AND ALL

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Dennis Rodman - this time with green hair - returned to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, met with coach Bob Hill and practiced for nearly two hours.

Afterward, Rodman said little about basketball or his clashes with the team management. But he did explain his new hair color."Christmas green," he called it.

Rodman's attendance at practice ended a week of speculation about when the unpredictable forward would rejoin the Spurs.

On Wednesday, Rodman was suspended without pay for the second time this season because he failed to show up when a 31/2-week paid leave of absence ended. The leave followed a three-game suspension at the start of the season because of Rodman's conduct during the preseason.

Spurs general manager Gregg Popovich had said the latest suspension would end when Rodman reappeared and met with team officials.

Rodman arrived at the Incarnate Word College gym about two hours before practice began Friday. He met with Hill and team captains David Robinson, Terry Cummings and Avery Johnson.

Rodman - known for his tattoos and changing hair color as well as for his rebounding and defense - has yet to play this season. His 17.3 rebounding average last season topped the NBA for the third straight time.