A lot of people know Dennis Rodman based on what they read in the media. People who are close to Rodman, claim he’s not who people think he is.
In February 2013, Rodman traveled to North Korea as part of a documentary series produced by the media company Vice. He took other former NBA players with him, he met North Korea’s leader, and seemed to have a good time in that country.
Since then, he’s returned to the country five more times on a mission to spread diplomacy through basketball, despite being lambasted by the media.
Rodman’s longtime manager Darren Prince said his client thought he “was pulling off something historic, where he could open the lines of communication.”
“But it got to the point where it became so out of control… I think he almost lost himself in the process. Because it was just mayhem. Each and every time he went back it was bigger than the last.”
On the other hand, Rodman’s best friend Floyd Raglin says the basketball star is profoundly misunderstood.
“Everyone thinks he’s this party animal; that all he does is drink and get crazy. But when he’s just around [his friends], he’s quiet. He doesn’t talk! Dennis is shy. That’s what people don’t know,” Raglin said.
Raglin remembers meeting a very different Rodman 25 years ago—a slim guy who kept to himself and didn’t have any tattoos or earrings.
“Then all of a sudden he turns into this wild bad boy rock star type of person, you know? He’s like an on/off switch. When you put a camera or a mic on him, it turns him on, but when he’s just around us, we talk about family and real life stuff,” Raglin said.
He went on to add that people “never see that side” of Rodman.
“All they see is this wild party guy. And yeah, that’s him. But he’s also really shy and emotional. He doesn’t open up to too many people, so not everybody gets to see the real side of Dennis.” (DuJour magazine).
Rodman played in 911 NBA games (573 started), averaging 7.3 points and 13.1 rebounds per game.
He had his best rebounding season with the Detroit Pistons in 91-92, when he led the league in rebounds per game, with 18.7 rpg.
Rodman was a two-time All-Star, and won the “Defensive Player of the Year” award twice, in 89-90 and 90-91. He led the NBA in rebounds per game 7 times.Follow @exnbadotcom
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