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NBA - Misunderstood - Dennis Rodman Canvas Art by IKONICK
Whether you love him, hate him, or are just confused by him, one thing is certain: Dennis Rodman's individuality cannot be ignored.
On the hardwood Rodman was a physical presence, a defensive wall, and a rebounding freak. But off the court, his misunderstood persona garnered attention and raised eyebrows at every turn.
His mindset was beautifully rebellious: I'm free, I'm going to do whatever I want to do, and if you don't like it, to hell with you.
Critics called it reckless. But they didn't understand it. They couldn't imagine why someone of his success in the sport would risk damaging it with his outlandish antics on and off the court. But Rodman wasn't worried about damaging his status with his personality. His personality was his status.
Rodman was different than anyone else who played the game because he played for something different than anyone else. He didn't care about being inducted into the Hall of Fame or breaking records. He just wanted to make the viewers happy.
Players had been doing it the same way for so long, Rodman saw a chance to mix things up. He wanted to give the crowd something new to look at—something wild to talk about. If he ruffled some feathers along the way, so be it.
Rodman spent his entire career doing things his way: Free and independent. Yet he was constantly misunderstood and judged for it. He didn't play for the money or for the fame. He played because he loved the game. Basketball is what took him from the projects to the limelight. Without that direction, Rodman's life could have taken any number of negative turns.
He was a misunderstood man from a misunderstood childhood. He battled more demons than any other person could survive and still emerged as a success.
"Misunderstood" from the officially licensed NBA Legends canvas art collection is a powerful message. On the one hand it is a reminder to not judge others based on an outward appearance. On the other, it instills a strength against those who might misunderstand you. No one can understand all the intricacies of your life, so don't rely on them to. Live your life your way. Live free.