Long before dyed hair, painted nails, and being covered in an abundance of tattoos became culturally acceptable in hip-hop, Dennis Rodman dared to be different by shattering the mold of what an NBA player or Black celebrity was supposed to be. Off the court, he was flamboyant, androgynous, boisterous, unpredictable, Madonna's ex-boyfriend, a best-selling author, and on occasion, a pro wrestler with the WCW. But on the court, "The Worm" was 228 pounds of sheer and intense hustle, who claimed an NBA record seven rebounding titles. The 6'8 defensive stalwart enjoyed his best statistical seasons with the Detroit Pistons (aka The Bad Boys), during which time he helped the team win back-to-back Championships (1989 & 1990) en route to claiming a pair of Defensive Player of the Year Awards for himself (1990 & 1991). Nevertheless, Rodman is universally known for his three-year stint with the Pistons' division rivals, the Chicago Bulls (1996, 1997 & 1998).
Alongside Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, the Hall of Famer was a part of a legendary three-peat, including the iconic 72-10 championship-winning team of 1996. His popularity during his memorable run with the Chicago Bulls cannot be understated. An argument can be made that he became just as recognizable as his team captain, MJ, for a short time. Much like Jordan, Rodman also had numerous signature shoes with Nike, including versions such as the Nike Air Worm Ndestrukt and the Nike Air Darwin. The latter featured a backward "Nike Swoosh." Jordan's sneakers never featured a backward "Swoosh" until Travis Scott linked up with Nike and created the Jordan 1 Retro High OG SP.
Dennis Rodman recently went viral while holding up one of the Jordan 1 Retro High OG SP shoes. In the video, the five-time NBA Champion takes a shot at Travis Scott directly for appearing to copy his design from about three decades ago.
“Travis Scott has copied my shoe,” Rodman said. “I was the first guy to do mine backward when I was playing with the Chicago Bulls. Come on, Travis, give me some credit. You copied my sh*t. This ain’t new, but either way, congratulations.”
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Source: HipHop DX