How former basketball star Dennis Rodman became an unlikely presence at the Trump-Kim summit

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History was made in Singapore when U.S. President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the first time the leaders of the two countries had ever met before. 

Also in Singapore during the time of this historic summit was NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman, courtesy of the cryptocurrency Potcoin

“I’m just happy to be a part it because I think that I agree with it,” Rodman said to reporters when he arrived to the airport in Singapore. “I think that I’ve brought a lot of awareness to things around the world.”

Rodman has a prior connection to Trump, stemming from an appearance on celebrity apprentice. He also has a long relationship with Kim, having previous called the North Korean leader “a friend for life.” 

Here’s look at Rodman’s progression from basketball star to unlikely figure of U.S. diplomacy:

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Rodman began his basketball career with the Detroit Pistons.

Rodman was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the second round of the 1986 draft. He became a crucial piece of the “Bad Boys” Detroit Pistons teams, who won back-to-back NBA titles in 1989 and 1990. He remained with the Pistons through 1993.

Source: Basketball-reference

 

Rodman was later traded to the Chicago Bulls in 1995.

Rodman joined future Hall of Famers Michael Jordan, then coming back from his first retirement to play baseball, and Scottie Pippen in Chicago. In his first season Rodman helped the Bulls to a then NBA-record 72-10 regular season record as well as another title, as well as two more NBA titles in 1997 and 1998 to pull off back-to-back-to-back NBA championships. 

Rodman has remained in the media spotlight since retirement, including in two stints on Celebrity Apprentice.

Rodman appeared on the Trump-hosted reality series as a cast member in 2009 and again in 2013. He was fired from the show in 2013 for misspelling Trump’s wife Melania’s first name. 

 

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How former basketball star Dennis Rodman became an unlikely presence at the Trump-Kim summit