March 4, 2013 |
It's a real-life scenario so bizarre and outlandish it seems like it was dreamed up by the writers of “South Park” or “30 Rock”: Retired NBA player turned C-list reality star Dennis Rodman travels to North Korea, becomes the first American known to publicly meet with dictator Kim Jong Un, then returns to the U.S. proclaiming his admiration for the leader on ABC's “This Week. " Rodman sat down for an interview with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, a situation that would have been mind-bogglingly weird even if the “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” cast member hadn't just returned from one of the world's most isolated and oppressive countries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 19, 2013 |
Dennis Rodman has plenty of faults, but being out of touch with his emotions surely isn't one of them. In an appearance on "The Tonight Show" Monday to promote the upcoming season of "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice," the former Chicago Bull was overcome with grief over the death of Lakers owner Jerry Buss and, well, a few other things. A few minutes into the interview, Rodman joked that many people are surprised to learn that he's still alive, despite his troubles with alcohol.
September 3, 2013 |
Dennis Rodman is heading to North Korea again to see his pal Kim Jong Un, reportedly to talk about starting a basketball league. The fact that it's Rodman and not, say, Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan makes it easy to dismiss the idea. And ordinarily I would, except that I'm stuck wondering who stands to gain more from this purported exercise in basketball diplomacy: Kim or Rodman? On the one hand you have a young despot whose main challenge is to keep the grip on power that he inherited from his father, Kim Jong Il . That means maintaining the fealty of the military, keeping the Communist Party leadership firmly in his corner and convincing the masses that he's the best and only option. Happily for Kim, North Korea isn't a democracy.
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.
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.
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.