Dennis Rodman assembles team for North Korean exhibition

Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong-unDennis Rodman has been on several trips to North Korea in recent years. Vice traveled with Rodman, during his last visit, and a few members of the Harlem Globetrotters to the DPRK and documented the experience. Now, Rodman, who claims to be close friends with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is back in the communist country.

This time, Rodman has a slew of former NBA players with him. Yahoo! via The Associated Press has the details:

Rodman leads a team that includes former NBA All-Stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson, and Vin Baker. Craig Hodges, Doug Christie and Charles D. Smith are on the team, as well. They will play against a top North Korean Senior National team on Jan. 8, marking Kim Jong Un’s birthday.

Though Rodman calls this “basketball diplomacy,” it will likely do little to ease global tensions.

However, there is one question that is certainly swirling through everyone’s head: Did Christie’s notoriously possessive wife join him on the trip? For the sake of remaining in a tentative peace, let’s hope she kept Stateside.


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