“Michael Jordan, he won’t do it, because he’s Michael Jordan,” Rodman said.
The 52-year-old Rodman has created quite a controversy for himself lately, because of his relationship with the North Korean leader, calling Kim a “friend for life.” If Rodman wants to be a global ambassador for the game of basketball, I’m all for it. But the political side of things screams that this is a bad idea.
Before passing judgement, I'd recommend to anyone, especially true lovers of the game of basketball, to watch the documentary VICE filmed about taking a reporter, a few Globetrotters, and Dennis Rodman to North Korea on a diplomatic mission. Aside from the fact it features Dennis, it's fascinating on a number of cultural and geo-political levels.
Clearly, it's foolish to expect Dennis Rodman to somehow reverse years of darkness, repression, and subjugation that have defined the People's Republic of North Korea-- but perhaps on some level, especially as Kim Jong Un is evidently a massive fan of the 1990s Chicago Bulls teams, Dennis may be planting some seeds and making a positive impact, however small, on that country's future.
let's just say i'm glad he's not exactly remembered for his days in SA. foretunately the majority of outsiders can look at him and not think "now there's a guy played for the spurs until pop got fed up with his attitude". stephen jackson can have that title.