Dennis Rodman reveals how his unique personality and antics made him more famous than icon Michael Jordan amongst the fans of Chicago.
Dennis Rodman is easily one of the most underrated players of all time. Rodman is considered to be amongst the elite group of top-class defenders, who players feared going against. The Worm managed to sacrifice his body in every possession, night in and night out.
Being one of the best rebounders in NBA history, Dennis won several back-to-back rebounding titles, over some of the greatest centers of all time. Whether it was his 2 championships with the Bad Boy Pistons or the 3 titles with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, Rodman was the unspoken hero and a huge reason behind all the successes.
With all his accomplishments came fame. However, unlike many players, Rodman knew there was a life outside basketball too. The 2-time All-Star didn’t hide in the dark, off the court. He was a celebrated athlete and was known to live a flashy lifestyle.
During his time off the court, he indulged in all sorts of drugs, parties and was even a womanizer. The 2-time DPOY’s off the court antics enabled people to get to know the real Dennis Rodman was because of which he had a huge fan following.
“For a minute, I was more famous than Michael Jordan in Chicago”: Dennis Rodman
Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan is considered to be the god of basketball. Not only did the people of Chicago worship him, but the entire world also idolised the 6-foot-6 GOAT. Clearly, MJ was the most popular basketball players during his time. In a recent interview, the 60-year-old revealed, how he was a more popular figure than His Airness:
“I think that right there is a statement like that where I was saying that, too, like for a minute, I was more famous than Michael Jordan in Chicago. I was different, I was doing all kinds of unique things like going on shows dressed in drag.”
“Wore women’s clothes, I was going out to clubs, I was doing this, I was doing that. I was the opposite of Michael Jordan off the court and people loved seeing me doing these other antics and like, “Wow, I mean this guy’s interesting.”
“Because back then in 1996, 7, and 8, I was pretty much like on top of the world. In Chicago, Michael is a God and Scottie Pippen’s Jesus. I should’ve been Moses. Like okay, great and I was Rod-Man.”
“So I think that the fact that people embraced me more because I was so real and so hard working as far as like doing the most. I think they love the fact that my attitude and the way I present myself in the game.”
“I appreciated what I was doing, I think that people really related to that, related to me like that. That’s a cool statement to say, but Michael Jordan’s Michael Jordan.”