It appears that "The Worm" was trying to rile up the gathered crowd, first asking if they believed that Bryant is “the s**t.” After a smattering of cheers, Rodman then repeatedly stated “F**k him” in reference to the hometown Los Angeles Lakers superstar.
What isn’t clear is why Rodman is attacking his former teammate. The pair played together with the 1998-99 Lakers during a lockout-shortened season, reaching the conference semifinals before getting swept by the San Antonio Spurs.
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Worth noting is that former teammates publicly bashing the Black Mamba is nothing new.
Shaquille O’Neal—with whom Bryant won three of his five rings—dissed the shooting guard in a rap back in 2008. Smush Parker, L.A.’s point guard during some down years between 2005 and 2007, also feuded with Bryant in 2012.
Rodman, who has been out of the NBA since 2000, is currently promoting a game between a team of his choice versus a North Korean team. According to The Guardian, the game will take place on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's 31st birthday.
The 52-year-old Rodman has quite the resume: five-time champion, two-time Defensive Player of the Year, two-time All-Star, seven-time rebounding champion, seven-time All-Defensive First Team.
He had his No. 10 jersey retired by the Detroit Pistons, as he was instrumental in leading the “Bad Boys” to consecutive titles in 1989 and 1990. He also won three championships with Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and the Chicago Bulls during their second three-peat from 1996 through 1998.
Rodman ended his 14-year NBA career in the year 2000, and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.