Dennis Rodman Announces Roster for North Korea Game

"Basketball diplomacy"

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David Guttenfelder / AP

Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman holds a cigar as he speaks to North Korean basketball players during a practice session in Pyongyang on Dec. 20, 2013

Correction appended: Jan. 5, 2014, 11:45 p.m. E.T.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman announced the list of former basketball players who plan to travel to North Korea to play in an exhibition game for ruler Kim Jong Un’s birthday.

The players include former NBA All-Stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson and Vin Baker, as well as ex-players Craig Hodges, Doug Christie and Charles D. Smith. The team will head to Pyongyang to play a North Korean senior national team on Jan. 8 in what Rodman calls “basketball diplomacy.”

Smith, a former player for the New York Knicks, said the trip was about cultural exchange. “Cultural exchange is about sharing. Sharing ideas and thoughts on education, culture and life,” he said.

Rodman, who last visited North Korea in December to train the North Korean basketball team, said his trip would not be affected by the recent execution of Kim’s uncle.

[AP]

An earlier version of this article misstated that Craig Hodges, Doug Christie and Charles D. Smith were NBA All-Stars. They were not.

71 comments
Ericlippe
Ericlippe

even worse is if kim jong un is DEAD. yeah look it up

haroldlewisblair
haroldlewisblair

did Rodman buy a one way ticket? he left his wedding dress in America-

Dylan Mays
Dylan Mays

So basically no one will be seeing these guys ever again?

Amazon Panda
Amazon Panda

who knows may be CIA ask him to keep an eye on Kim :D. Keep your friend close , keep your enemy closer

Samuel Chukwudi Ogbonna
Samuel Chukwudi Ogbonna

This man is making a fool of himself, like Kanye West "reclaiming" the Confederate flag. It's also clear that they both need to read a lot more.

Brian Mcclain
Brian Mcclain

Dennis Rodman needs to marry that knee high dictator and get it over with.

Mathekga Immanuell
Mathekga Immanuell

yes his actions where intended, he is a traitor. deserves all the worst in his life, it doesnt mean because he exposed the government then they would stop. they are still busy doing as we speak. h ow long will run and hide, even sadaam was found somehow o.O

Jamie Parsons
Jamie Parsons

Brave men! They better smile and clap a lot.

Sue Duhaime Van Scoy
Sue Duhaime Van Scoy

Really, no comparison. Rodman is serving Rodman. You don't have to agree with Snowden but his actions were well intended

Colin Keith
Colin Keith

Rodman is in debt a cool million. If anyone actually believes he's doing all of this for "cultural exchange." They're delusional. It is the same as Mobutu's "rumble in the jungle" in Congo with Muhammad Ali and Foreman.

Ingrid Du Welz
Ingrid Du Welz

He is a secret agent that is going to bring them to their knees through the loop lol

Francis Kim
Francis Kim

Dennis Rodman? I thought that was Missy Elliott

Zachary Peebels
Zachary Peebels

They WILL throw this game and let the North Koreans win. This is a propaganda stunt by Kim Jong Lard to instill a sense of superiority to the American Devils. There is a very good chance these men will be executed after the game, win or lose. I'm not saying it WILL happen but it very well could.

Harrison Joshua Cande
Harrison Joshua Cande

Not can those with Schizophrenia communicate their thoughts and emotions with clear and concise detail.

Zachary Peebels
Zachary Peebels

Snowden gave up a 200k/yr job to expose invasions on our privacy and violations of the US Constitution by the Obama Regime and NSA.

Esteban Rodríguez Trelles
Esteban Rodríguez Trelles

And well the Syrian problem is not only about terrorism but also religious because of the Sunni and Shia denominations

Esteban Rodríguez Trelles
Esteban Rodríguez Trelles

Exactly Ilker Nedimoglu, and yes, the Mexican situation is completely different to N. Korean or Syrian situations, I live in Northern Mexico actually, in Hermosillo which is one of the safest cities in the country, the panorama is very complex because the drug cartels started growing in the late XX century when PRI was ruling (party that ruled for 70 years). In 2006 there were not only drug cartels but mercenaries in northeastern Mexico called Zetas (former elite soldiers trained by Russia, Israel and US) so the situation was critic but when Felipe Calderon started fighting them he found out that the police corporations in the country were corrupted and had to send the military the problem is that the Drug Cartels have a lot of money because they hav migrated to other kinds of illegal businesses besides drugs. And you can't forget that US is the 1st consumer of drugs in the world and cartels get assault guns from the US so its not too easy to eradicate them

Harrison Joshua Cande
Harrison Joshua Cande

Societal Food For Thought: We live in a world where many cannot tell the difference between imagination and schizophrenia. Those with Imagination can clearly perceive the difference between what they imagine and what is real, whereas those with schizophrenia cannot distinguish between a delusion and the reality in which they live.

Ilker Nedimoglu
Ilker Nedimoglu

It's easy to pontificate or act as an armchair general from Norway. I guess that happens when you live in a country with no major problems. I only agree with you about North Korea, but those guys have nukes. Syria is fighting against Islamist terrorists, so your assumption is wrong. Mexico is an interesting case. They have democratic institutions, but they seem to have left their northern states to the mercy of drug lords. Outside military intervention always causes more problems than it solves. Case in point: Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan. These countries have no civil society to speak of and no tradition of state institutions. Basically they are tribal societies that have relied on strongmen. Military intervention will give them some reprieve, but the cost of human lives is not worth it. You will only replace one dictator with another. Policing them is another form of neo-colonialism. We will just have to wait a few more generations until they come to their senses, which they will eventually.

Baba Bobo
Baba Bobo

he will go to north korea just to help, Americans always say !...just to help and especially for freedom .......ha ha haaaa.

Nadia Gaines
Nadia Gaines

They have to be fools to follow Dennis Rodman to North Korea. Might not make it out

Sam Lee
Sam Lee

Awesome. So this is how we sneak in and assassinate this guy...seal team 7.

adamlikesthings
adamlikesthings

Like the "draw" last time. Though I think its mixed teams, half North Korean and half USA. Also even for North Korea what sense would it make to execute your best athlete's. The fear of execution would obviously have an effect on your game and make you worse. the North Korean's dont like to lose but when they do they can just make up the result anyway (remember the Brazil vs. North Korea football match), as the public only have access to whatever the regime wants them to know. Is a loss really a loss when, if no-one sees it?