Dennis Rodman Names Former NBA Players Headed To N. Korea
Former NBA All Star Dennis Rodman has named the other retired NBA players who will head to North Korea with him to play in an exhibition game.By Jamal Andress | January 6, 2014
It's the story that just won't go away.
Former NBA All Star Dennis Rodman has named the other retired NBA players who will head to North Korea with him to play in an exhibition game for Kim Jong Un's birthday. The list includes, Vin Baker Craig Hodges, Doug Christie and others. (Via WHDH)
Former New York Knicks big man Chris Smith told the Chicago Tribune he's excited about the game, "Dennis is one of the few people I know that doesn't just talk but actually lives a culturally diverse life. ... Cultural exchange is about sharing. Sharing ideas and thoughts on education, culture and life."
The game Wednesday will match the former NBA players against North Korea's national team which Rodman helped pick and train last month. (Via ABC)
Since Rodman's initial trip to North Korea in February of 2013 he's been back several times and says he's developed a friendship with the young dictator.
But it's what Rodman hasn't done that's bothering some people.
"And when I asked about Dennis Rodman's foray into North Korea he said Dennis Rodman was a great basketball player and as a diplomat he was a great basketball player." (Via NBC)
"But why won't you bring up the prison camp issue and the human rights issue?" (Via Sky News)
But Rodman says that's just not his place.
"That's not my job, that's not my job."
"A lot of people in America don't approve of what I've been doing but that's not my problem." (Via The Telegraph)
Rodman's exhibition game comes just one month after the very public purge of the North Korean government and the execution of Kim Jong Un's uncle.