Dennis Rodman Talks About The Relationship He Shares With Michael Jordan Today

Published 09/02/2021, 5:30 PM EDT
Michael Jordan and Dennis Rodman during Air Jordan Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Sneak Peek of Air Jordan XX to Kick Off Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for Bragman Nyman Cafarelli)


Jordan’s utter despise for the Detroit Pistons was and is no secret. The Detroit Pistons prevented Michael Jordan from success from the very beginning, always kicking them out in the playoffs. Hence, the ‘Bad Boy Pistons’, a name they were popularly known as, was his ultimate rivals. And anybody on the team was too. While we all know Isiah Thomas being the biggest one, Dennis Rodman was too. But everything changed when Rodman eventually joined the Chicago Bulls and he and MJ are friends to date.

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What kind of relationship do Dennis Rodman and Michael Jordan share?

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The Chicago Bulls vs Detroit Pistons rivalry is the most famous in the history of sports, not just the NBA. And their aggression and hatred for one another showed when they stepped onto the court to face each other. Oftentimes, Dennis Rodman and Jordan were even at the center of it.

So, when the Bulls decided to bring him in, fans were surprised. There were questions about whether MJ and Rodman could even be cordial, let alone teammates. During the beginning of the 1997-98 season, Scottie Pippen was benched because of injuries. So, Dennis was the man Jordan had to rely on. Initially, it was a struggle, but they ended up winning championships together and formed a good bond.

It’s been a while since the two played together. So did that relationship last afterward? On the Full Send Podcast, Rodman opened up about their current status. “We stay in touch. I saw him the other day. He was in Maryland, I was in Maryland. When I go back to Fort Lauderdale, I am probably going to hang out at his house for a couple of days to see what’s up.”

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The Chicago Bulls teammates seem to be tight

From left, Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, Ron Harper and Toni Kukoc were big parts of Bulls teams that won three straight NBA titles from 1996 to 1998. Jordan and Pippen were members of the first “three-peat” team, which won titles from 1991 to 1993. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Rodman also revealed that he was still on and off in touch with Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant. Dennis was one of the most controversial NBA players and did not get along with everyone.

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So, for Jordan to get past that bad blood and form that relationship with him for the sake of the franchise shows the kind of people both of them are. And we all know, Mike was not one to let petty things come in between success and winning, and that’s exactly what he did. Both of them have time and again, showed that they have the utmost respect for each other and that’s what we call ideal teammates.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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