Published by on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:30 am.
(Photo: AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
People may have not taken Dennis Rodman seriously after his first trip to North Korea, but now the former Bulls star is headed back to the Communist nation for a big game of basketball.
On January 8, the basketball star will be organizing an exhibition game between North Korea and team of ex-NBA players to mark the birthday of the country’s leader Kim Jong-Un.
Rodman said he hopes the all-star basketball game will help to improve relations between the two nations. “Sports is important to people around the world so I hope this is going to engage the American people, especially Obama,” he says.
Despite U.S. government warning for Americans not to travel to North Korea, this marks Rodman’s third trip to the nation. Who knew that the most flamboyant basketball player to date would go on to become an unofficial ambassador to two warring nations?
Believe it or not, Dennis Rodman is taking basketball where it’s never been before.
Published by on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 10:00 am.
(Photo: AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Fresh off his second trip to North Korea this past Saturday, former pro baller Dennis Rodman announced plans to organize friendship basketball games between the U.S. and North Korea.
After working out an agreement with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, Rodman says the first game will be January 8, on Kim’s birthday and the second game will take place on January 10.
The former Chicago Bulls star nicknamed the controversial leader “The Marshall” and told a press conference crowd on Monday, “the marshall told me, ‘we want people to come here because we are not a bad country.’”
Rodman says he will return to North Korea December 14 to train local players who will compete against Americans and he’s even agreed to train the North Koreans for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio.
But first thing is first, back to those US-North Korea friendship b-ball games. The former Celebrity Apprentice star promises that the American team will be a star-studded event. He says basketball stars from his era, like Karl Malone and Scottie Pippen will be on the team.
Maybe the State Department might want to start taking Dennis Rodman seriously?