“Dennis Rodman, I Don’t Want You to Die”: With an $850,000 Debt, Phil Jackson Worried for the Worm’s Life

Dennis Rodman, known for his defensive prowess in basketball, became infamous for his excessive partying, alcoholism, and friendship with a dictator. His antics were followed by the media, leading to financial struggles and mental health issues. Phil Jackson, his coach at the Chicago Bulls, was concerned about Rodman's lifestyle and intervened, telling him that he didn't want him to die. Despite this, Rodman continued his habits and faced heavy debt, owing the State of California $850,000 in child maintenance payments. Rodman's career earnings of $27 million were not enough to sustain his lifestyle and mismanagement of finances.