Professional basketball star Dennis Rodman — a forward who won five NBA championships, was twice chosen NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and in 2008 won Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling tournament — wants to add another award to his trophy shelf: a Nobel prize.
The NBA Hall of Famer, whose life has often been as a colorful as his hair, is featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s “Where Are They Now” summer double issue, and is interviewed on his, er, outreach to North Korea. “My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries,” Rodman tells SI writer Franz Lidz. “Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it’s the black guy’s [President Obama’s] job. But I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong.”
“Dennis the Menace,” as he came to be known, calls North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un “really awesome,” and he plans to “chill, play some basketball and maybe go on vacation” with his “friend for life” come August. As for people who say Kim is “the worst guy in the world,” Rodman disagrees. “Fact is, he hasn’t bombed anywhere he’s threatened to yet. Not South Korea, not Hawaii, not . . . whatever.”
So, you know. There’s that.