Dennis Rodman and his career are best known for his days with the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons, where he won five championships, earned a lot of individual awards, displayed immaculate hustle, and had the best days of his career. But in between and after those periods, Rodman had a couple of short stints that weren't very memorable.
After his run with the Bulls, Rodman played very shortly and underwhelmingly for the Lakers and the Mavericks, but in between his runs with the Pistons and the Bulls, Rodman played for two seasons with the San Antonio Spurs during the prime years of his career.
Even though Rodman's defensive prowess seemed like a good fit for the Spurs system that already had a contending team with David "Admiral" Robinson, the fit didn't really work. Although Rodman's rebounding stats were great, his contribution left a lot of desire in two playoff runs.
Dennis was accused of letting Robinson do all the work alone against Hakeem in the 1995 WCF, and it was apparent the disbalance in characters never really allowed Dennis to mesh with "The Admiral" and the rest of the team. Especially the GM Gregg Popovich, whose military approach was unacceptable for Rodman's eccentric personality and lifestyle.
That's why he was dealt to the Bulls before the 1995-1996 season, where Rodman and his way of living got accepted, leading to his NBA resurrection and three more championships. During that time, Rodman was balling on the court and partying even harder off it, becoming a true party icon linked with numerous celebrity women.
In an interview with the notorious Howard Stern, Rodman revealed his hate for the Spurs and his teammates there, saying how the Bulls and his new teammates accepted him with open hands.
Stern: You left that one team you were playing for. You hated all the guys on it. What was that team again?
Rodman: Uhm, The San Antonio Queers
Stern: I think you said their name was the fag*ots.
Rodman: Nah. The San Antonio Spurs
Stern. You hated those guys on the San Antonio Queers. You couldn't get along with them, but these guys you like? The Chicago Bulls?
Rodman: They're cool. Everybody's down to earth, and they don't give a damn what you do. Just go out there and play your game. Your life is your life.
Stern, in his style, was very open and determined in getting Rodman to air all of his hate out, and he got Dennis to share a few gems. It's pretty hard to imagine someone speaking this way about his former team or teammates in this kind of manner today, but this was a different time, and this is what guys like Howard Stern and Dennis Rodman did with no problem or filter.
The Spurs organization is one of the most well-respected and winningest cultures in the NBA, but Rodman is one of those rare individuals that isn't their fan. The timing and difference in beliefs on how an athlete should behave were just different, but not anyone is suited for each other. After all, both sides were just fine without each other in the long run.