Whoever would have believed in the year 2013 that Dennis Rodman would be such a newsworthy figure? I certainly would never have allowed the possibility to drift into my mind. I remember back during his NBA career, specifically his days with the San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls when every hairstyle he wore, every celebrity he "dated," and every wrestling appearance he made appeared on SportsCenter. It seemed like he would gracefully ease into retirement, until he decided to visit North Korea. Now the basketball player is appearing on Saturday Night Live, talking politics on cable news channels and become a punch line for every comedian who tries to be topical.
You know what though? HBO and Vice, who partnered together to send Rodman to the country for HBO's new Vice series, are riding this unexpected wave of notoriety straight to the bank.
It was announced today that the freshman season of the show was being expanded by two episodes, with the season finale being dedicated entirely to the NBA Hall of Famer's trip and subsequent meeting with leader Kim Jong-un, who is a huge fan of Rodman's 1990s Chicago Bulls teams (which starred Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen).
Maybe the network can tag along when he goes back to North Korea.
"I’m going back August 1," Rodman said recently. "We have no plans really, as far as what we're going to do over there, but we’ll just hang and have some fun!"