KEY POINTS

  • Kim Jong-Un is reportedly said to be severely ill after a cardiovascular procedure
  • Dennis Rodman expressed his concern about the North Korean leader's health condition
  • Rodman and Kim developed a friendship when the basketball star made several trips to North Korea

Chicago Bulls’ legend Dennis Rodman is wishing his friend Kim Jong-Un a speedy recovery after learning that he is sick. The Supreme Leader of North Korea‘s health is reportedly in danger based on several reports.

According to TMZ Sports, “The Worm” is concerned about the health condition of his friend.

"I hope it's just a rumor that Marshal Kim Jong-Un is sick," said Rodman. "Hopefully I will find out more soon."

The US intelligence agencies have been receiving information that the North Korean leader is “gravely ill”. According to Daily NK, a Seoul-based online newspaper, Kim had a cardiovascular procedure on April 12 due to “excessive smoking, obesity and overwork” as published by CNN.

Kim, who is in his 30s, was brought to a villa in Hyangsan County and is now working on recovery.

"There is still so much work we have to do between both the USA and DPRK,” Rodman said while referring to the relationship between the US and North Korea.

“If he is not feeling well, I am praying for his speedy recovery, so that both my friends (President Trump & Marshal Kim) can continue towards a peaceful success," the former Detroit Piston adds.

Winner of five NBA championships, Rodman was known for making a trip to North Korea and host basketball exhibition games in February 2013. He has formed a good friendship with the North Korean leader and told him, “You have a friend for life”. That quote alone was criticized by human rights activists.

Kim’s love for basketball is not a secret to the public. An article by ABC News said that he is a die-hard hoops fan and the Chicago Bulls were his favorite team. Out of Rodman’s five championship rings, the 6-foot-7 power forward won three of those with the Bulls while playing alongside Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

Rodman’s had numerous visits to North Korea which including a sports-related trip in June 2017. The controversial trips were just trying to keep bringing sports to the country according to two-time NBA All-Star.

More than his different hair colors, Rodman is best known for being a defensive stopper and relentless pursuit of grabbing the boards. He’s played 14 seasons in the NBA and finished his career with averages of 13.1 rebounds, 7.3 points and 1.8 assists in 911 regular-season games.

Former NBA All-Star Dennis Rodman sang 'Happy Birthday' to Kim Jong Un on January 8, 2014 Former NBA All-Star Dennis Rodman sang 'Happy Birthday' to Kim Jong Un on January 8, 2014 Photo: KCNA / KCNA