basketball diplomacy

Dennis Rodman Convinced Some Other Basketball Players to Go to North Korea

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman poses during a press conference in Tokyo on October 25, 2013. Rodman is here to promote NBA ahead of the season opening games on October 30. Photo: AFP Photo / Toru Yamanaka/Getty

Rodman was last in North Korea at the end of December to train the country’s basketball team, despite the major political upheaval there. This week, he’ll return to participate in a match-up between the Koreans and an “all-star” team of Americans that includes Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson, Vin Baker, Craig Hodges, Doug Christie, and Charles D. Smith. (The game is part of the celebration of dictator and Rodman pal Kim Jong-un’s birthday.) Hopefully they’ll have as much fun as those Harlem Globetrotters did.

Rodman Convinced Basketball Players to Go to NK