December 19, 2013 |
SEOUL -- Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Thursday to help train the country's national basketball team and prepare an exhibition game celebrating leader Kim Jong Un's birthday. Rodman's trip, his third this year to the reclusive nation, comes just a week after North Korea announced the execution of Kim's uncle by marriage, Jang Song Taek. The dramatic purge of a man believed to have been a mentor to the young Kim and his second-in-command raised questions about the stability of the North Korean regime.
February 28, 2013 |
Dennis Rodman has done some crazy things in his day, but if reports coming out of North Korea are true, he may have just topped them all. Rodman, who is in North Korea as part of an HBO documentary on "basketball diplomacy," watched a basketball game in Pyongyang with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, on Thursday. According to a spokesman for the film crew, Rodman told Kim that “You have a friend for life.” Rodman and Kim talked as they watched players from North Korea and the U.S. play on mixed teams, Alex Detrick, a spokesman for the New York-based VICE media company, told the Associated Press.
January 8, 2014 |
It's difficult to imagine a more ludicrous attempt at diplomacy than former basketball star Dennis Rodman's current sojourn to North Korea. On his past trips (this is his fourth in less than a year) Rodman has referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as his “friend for life” and spent time with Kim's family, calling him a “good dad” - as if the young dictator were just another misunderstood world leader and not the tyrannical ruler of an impoverished country who is capable of ordering his uncle's execution.
June 7, 2013 |
Dennis Rodman apparently isn't that impressed with Miami Heat superstar LeBron James. “If LeBron was playing in the late '80s or early '90s, he'd be just an average player," Rodman said in an interview with Dan Patrick aired Friday on "The Dan Patrick Show. " The Hall of Fame rebounder thinks that the level of play in the NBA isn't what it used to be when Michael Jordan was king. “If Michael played today … really? If he played the game today at 28 years old, he would average 40 points a game, probably more,” said Rodman, who won three NBA championships playing alongside Jordan in Chicago.
September 3, 2013 |
A week after saying he could become "the most powerful guy in the world" by negotiating the release of jailed U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae, former NBA star Dennis Rodman seems to have lowered the expectations for his latest trip to North Korea considerably. Before catching a flight to Pyongyang to start a five-day visit Tuesday, Rodman told Reuters in a telephone interview from Beijing: "I'm not going to North Korea to discuss freeing Kenneth Bae. I've come out here to see my friend -- and I want to talk about basketball.
January 8, 2014 |
BEIJING - Dennis Rodman helped Kim Jong Un mark his 31st birthday Wednesday with sport and song, serenading the North Korean dictator with a warbly rendition of “Happy Birthday” in a Pyongyang gymnasium and then leading fellow ex-NBA players in a game against a local squad. Spectators were not allowed to bring cameras into the modestly appointed arena, but video posted later online showed Rodman in sunglasses leading the crowd - many of them in sport coats and dress shirts - in a singing tribute to “The Marshal.” Then the Americans, in blue and white uniforms, faced off against the North Koreans, or the “Torch Team,” in red. Simon Cockerell, a tour guide with Beijing-based Koryo tours who is traveling with Rodman's group, described the event as a “bizarre and unusual occasion.” In a video dispatch from Pyongyang posted to Koryo's Facebook page, he said the teams played two 10-minute halves, with the North Koreans prevailing at the final buzzer (by a score of 47-39, according to Associated Press)
September 6, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Former NBA star Dennis Rodman emerged from his five-day trip to North Korea with a trove of photographs of himself being wined and dined by leader Kim Jong Un, but without imprisoned American Kenneth Bae. Expectations had been high that Rodman, on his second trip to North Korea this year, would parlay his friendship with the 30-year-old dictator into the release of the jailed U.S. missionary. "That's not my job to ask about Kenneth Bae. Ask Obama about that. Ask Hillary Clinton," Rodman was quoted by the Reuters news agency as saying.
September 6, 2013 |
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was a dinner guest of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday, the reclusive nation's state-run news agency reported. But there was no immediate indication whether the flamboyant sportsman had made a plea for Pyongyang to free a jailed Korean American missionary. Kenneth Bae, a 44-year-old tour guide and evangelist, was arrested upon entering the North Korean city of Rason in November. He was summarily tried for "hostile acts against the state" and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.
January 7, 2014 |
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, better known now for bizarre behavior than anything he ever did on the court, launched into an unintelligible rant against a CNN anchor on Tuesday during an interview from North Korea, where he is on his fourth visit in less than a year. Rodman, 52, brought six fellow retired professional basketball players to the rogue country for a game against the North Korean national team Wednesday, the 31st birthday of dictator Kim Jong Un. The trip has drawn reproving statements from the National Basketball Assn.
January 9, 2014 |
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman apologized Thursday for an outburst on CNN during which he launched into an expletive-laden rant against a TV anchor and implied that an American being held by North Korea was at fault for his captivity. Rodman brought six fellow retired NBA players to the country for an exhibition basketball game Wednesday with North Koreans at which he sang “Happy Birthday” to leader Kim Jong Un, who turned 31. The trip has drawn criticism from human rights advocates and some members of Congress.