“Kim Jong-un Asked for Michael Jordan”: Dennis Rodman Makes Sensational Revelation

Published 09/03/2021, 1:13 PM EDT
OAKVILLE, ONTARIO, CANADA – JULY 20: Five-time NBA MVP Michael Jordan smokes a cigar after hitting to the seventh green during the RBC Canadian Open’s Mike Weir Charity Classic Pro-Am at Glen Abbey Golf Club on July 20, 2009 in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)


Five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman is regarded as one of the best defenders of his time. In fact, he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year twice in his career, both coming during his stint with Detroit Pistons. However, Rodman rose to prominence during his tenure with Chicago Bulls, where he won the three-peat alongside Michael Jordan.

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Dennis Rodman played in two NBA Finals with two different teams in his career – Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls. Dennis Rodman’s fanbase grew massively when he joined the Bulls and helped them in winning their second three-peat. And Chicago Bulls’ exploits during the 2000s added another notable figure to their fanbase – Kim Jong-un.

NBA Basketball – Chicago Bulls Dennis Rodman during Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz on June 8, 1997, at Delta Center in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 78-73 to take tie the championship series at two games each (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images/Sporting News via Getty Images via Getty Images)

Dennis Rodman reveals that Kim Jong-un asked for Michael Jordan at first

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Former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman recently appeared for an interview on the Full Send Podcast on YouTube. During the interview, Rodman was asked how he and Kim Jong-un forged a relationship during his visit to North Korea.

To this Rodman replied: “It wasn’t like that, man.”

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“He basically asked for Michael Jordan first and Michael said no. He asked Scottie Pippen but Scottie Pippen said no. Then he asked me, I said yes,”Rodman added.

The 2011 Hall of Famer went to North Korea in 2013. He gained a lot of popularity because of his visit and befriended the Supreme Leader of North Korea during his visit.

Kim Jong-un is a huge fan of the Chicago Bulls and, therefore, he wanted someone from the Chicago Bulls’ three-peat winners to visit his country. However, with Jordan and Pippen declining the request, it was Rodman who agreed to the request.

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Rodman sat alongside Kim Jong-un and watched the exhibition match between Harlem Globetrotters and North Koreans. The match ended in a 110-110 draw as there was no overtime to be played.

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