Dennis Rodman is one of the most unique personalities in NBA history, but above everything else, probably the most excellent rebounder the league has ever seen. In the later stages of his career, Rodman's popularity and excessive behavior became a problem. It all started to become more emphasized when he began playing for the San Antonio Spurs.
Popovich wasn't happy with Rodman's behavior
In an interview on Cold As Balls show hosted by Kevin Hart, Rodman talked about several interesting topics from his life but reflected on why he got traded from the Spurs to the Bulls. Rodman said that Gregg Popovich, the GM at that time, wasn't happy at all with his behavior off the court, despite Rodman's monster rebounding stats from those two seasons with the team.
On top of all that, David Robinson even called him the devil, but Rodman said David Robinson was a good guy, but they had different expectations from each other ever since Rodman arrived to the Spurs. Rodman didn't care how other people would portray his life not related to basketball and the NBA because he always came prepared and ready to win. However, that didn't sit well with the Spurs organization, which later established itself as the most dominant team in the last two decades.
"That's when Greg Popovich was the GM. He didn't like me at all. I wasn't the church-going guy, and David Robinson called me the devil. I said, okay, man, whatever. I said you didn't pay me to be f***ing nice. You paid me to win f***ing. I love David. He's a good guy, but Popovich wanted me to get out of there so bad, and he traded me to Chicago for Will Perdue straight up."
Dennis Rodman, via Cold As Balls
Getting traded from the Spurs was a blessing in disguise
Even though he stayed with the Spurs for only two seasons, Rodman made an impact and produced some of his career's best rebounding numbers. During his stint with the Spurs, Rodman averaged only 5.5 points but was able to pull out 17 rebounds per game. His departure from the Spurs was a blessing in disguise because he joined the Chicago Bulls. He formed the most popular team in NBA history alongside Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen and crowned himself with two more NBA championships.