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“Hanging with Michael Jordan is supposed to be big news?” – Dennis Rodman answers bluntly when asked if he is friends with Michael Jordan

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Dennis Rodman and Michael Jordan

Dennis Rodman is by far one of the most colorful personalities in NBA history and part of arguably the most dominant dynasty. However, his recent comments might suggest he has grown apart from his time in basketball.

After a two-year stint with the San Antonio Spurs, Rodman found himself back in a winning situation with the Chicago Bulls. Led by Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, the gritty forward helped the team complete a second three-peat and cement themselves as a dynasty.

In his three seasons with Chicago, the future Hall of Famer averaged 5.2 points, 15.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists. Following his stint with the Bulls, Dennis Rodman hung around for two more seasons before retiring at the age of 38.

Even during his playing days, Rodman was a bit of a wild card. Between dying his hair different colors and showing up to a game in a wedding dress, nothing was off the table.

Dennis Rodman was recently interviewed by Playboy to discuss an array of topics. When asked if he still talked with former teammate Michael Jordan, he quickly shot down that notion, saying he doesn't care much for professional basketball anymore.

"I told you I don't give a f*** about anybody in the NBA. I don't hang with athletes. Hanging with Michael Jordan is supposed to be big news? Please."

It's not shocking Dennis Rodman doesn't associate with Michael Jordan

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2022 NBA All-Star Game

As Dennis Rodman said in the interview, it shouldn't be eye-popping that he and Michael Jordan don't talk much these days. While they managed to make things work as teammates for the Chicago Bulls, it's clear their personalities were very different.

While Rodman managed to have a successful NBA career, it's safe to say that basketball wasn't his biggest passion. ESPN's documentary "The Last Dance" provided a clear insight into this.

Like most people, athletes have their own interests outside of the sport. Some teammates manage to maintain close bonds following their playing days, but it's not always the case. Jordan and Scottie Pippen were one of the greatest duos in league history and even they don't have a strong relationship.

Jordan and Rodman are two very different people, and even though they had a good run as teammates, it shouldn't surprise anyone that they aren't close now.

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Edited by Kevin McCormick
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