Dennis Rodman

RETIRED basketball star Dennis Rodman has announced he wants to return to the NBA at the age of 42, saying he has been training hard during the past four months as he prepared for a comeback.

The five-time NBA champion, known for his love of wild parties and cross-dressing, said that after two years of "going nuts" he had headed for the gym and lost 18 pounds (8 kg) during the last four months and got his body fat down to 10 per cent.

Rodman, blue-haired and with rings through his ears, nose and bottom lip, said he was trying to bring "life, colour and fun into the game of basketball." Rodman's career ended on a low note in March 2000 when he was released by the Dallas Mavericks after being with the team for less than a month during which time he had been ejected twice, suspended once and fined by the league.

There have been rumours linking him with the Sacramento Kings and the star listed them along with the Los Angeles Lakers as the teams he would most want to join.

"I live in California so I would say the Lakers or Kings (would be preferred teams)....I don't want to go to a losing team," he told a news conference.

Rodman also listed the current NBA champions, the San Antonio Spurs, along with the Eastern Conference champions the New Jersey Nets and the Minnesota Timberwolves as other teams he would consider joining. The former NBA star said he believed he could play at least 20 to 25 minutes and average 10 rebounds a game.

"This is a serious bid right now for me to come back," he told reporters.