Dennis Rodman bringing 7 former NBA players to North Korea

Dennis Rodman bringing 7 former NBA players to North Korea
January 6, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Mark Strotman

Dennis Rodman will continue his everlasting attempt to bring North Korea and the United States together, this time by bringing seven former NBA players to participate in an exhibition for supreme leader Kim Jong-Un's birthday party.

Kenny Anderson, Vin Baker, Clifford Robinson, Charles Smith, Doug Christie, Craig Hodges and Sleepy Floyd all will join Rodman for the festivities. Hodges played four seasons with the Bulls from 1988 to 1992, averaging 6.2 points and 1.7 assists in 241 career games. He earned two championship titles with the Bulls, though none with Rodman.

Rodman has taken multiple trips to Pyongyang to visit with Jong-Un in an effort to show President Barack Obama and the United States that connecting with the communist country would be beneficial to both parties.

“It’s about trying to connect two countries together in the world, to let people know that: Do you know what? Not every country in the world is that bad, especially North Korea,” Rodman told The Associated Press in an interview outside his hotel before heading to the Beijing airport with the team. “People say so many negative things about North Korea. And I want people in the world to see it’s not that bad.”

Though Rodman's efforts certainly are political, he also told the Associated Press that this exhibition in particular is not.

“(It’s) not my job” to talk human rights, Rodman said Monday. “This game is for his birthday, and hopefully this open the doors and we can actually talk about certain things and we can do certain things. But I’m not going to sit there and go ‘hey, guy, you’re doing the wrong thing.’ It’s not the right thing to do, he’s my friend first. .. I love him,” said Rodman.

“When the time comes, when I do that (discuss issues such as human rights), I am going to sit down and talk to all the people around the world. I am going to tell you everything that happened,” he said.