Rodman wants to be friends with father

By Dennis Gasgonia,

Posted at Jul 17 2012 11:56 PM | Updated as of Jul 18 2012 07:56 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Former Chicago Bull superstar Dennis Rodman seemed to have mellowed down on his feelings toward his father.

Rodman is known to have an estranged relationship with his father, Philander, who left him when he was only 5 years old.

But during the press conference for Wednesday’s All Star Basketball Challenge, the 2-time National Basketball Association (NBA) Defensive Player of the Year said he is ready to be friends with his father.

“I don't hate the guy who brought me to this world, I don't hate him. I just tell him that you are a friend of mine, I don't hate anybody in the world,” said Rodman.

He said his father has clearly moved on from his past life, citing that he has settled in the Philippines with another family.

The retired basketball player said he is open to meeting his father when he, Scottie Pippen, and other former NBA stars play against a local selection at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

“I hope that he wants to come to the game and shake my hand and hopefully everything will be cool.”

Just last year, Rodman said he was still angry at his father.

“I never had a father. My father left me when I was 5 years old. He has 47 kids in the Philippines,” Rodman said during his speech while accepting his Hall of Fame award.

But despite his son’s anger, Philander Rodman Jr. remains proud of his son.

"He worked hard, and he deserves it," Philander said of Dennis' entry into the Hall of Fame.