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Rodman says he will help train North Korean hoops team for 2016 Olympics

Sep 9, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT

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North Korea’s basketball team has an uphill struggle to even get into the 2016 Rio Olympics — they need to beat China in the Asia qualifying tournament in 2015, or at least play well enough in that tournament to get invited to the 2016 pre-Olympic qualifying tournament (the best teams from around the globe not already in) and win one of the three spots up for grabs there. Let’s be kind and say a team that hasn’t competed in FIBA’s Asia championships since 1999 is unlikely to make that cut.

But Dennis Rodman says he is going to help North Korea get there.

Rodman, fresh off his second visit with his friend North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un, will help train the North Koreans for the Olympics, he said at a press conference on Monday (as reported by Time).

Rodman also said he is putting together a couple exhibition games in North Korea where he will bring former NBA players over, with the first of the games scheduled for Jan. 8 (Kim’s birthday). Rodman talked about “basketball diplomacy” and how these games would be a good thing.

I don’t know what to say about this, other than it’s just Rodman being Rodman. I really think this ironic quote from Rodman at his presser pretty much sums the entire thing up:

“I’ll tell you guys one thing: take me seriously.”

  1. ninjapleazee - Sep 9, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Wasn’t he supposed to go there and free some guy?

    • baptiste8989 - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      No. The media keeps saying that for some reason. He isn’t a diplomat. Him and the Harlem Globetrotters do shows there.

  2. 12444uggg - Sep 9, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    What a joke.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Sep 9, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Until he’s arrested for being a spy and he’ll be able to hang out with Kenneth Bae.

  4. adamsjohn714 - Sep 9, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Goodbye Rodman.

  5. abchome - Sep 9, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Just don’t try coaching topless women’s basketball team there. Reportedly the ex-girlfriend of your “friend” was executed for violating law against “pornography”, being shot for shooting this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGANsQz1JoI

    • 00maltliquor - Sep 9, 2013 at 9:42 PM

      That CAN’T be true!! No freakin’ way!!!

  6. steelers4385 - Sep 9, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Traitor.

  7. adoombray - Sep 9, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Say what you want about Rodman, but I applaud him for trying to have a conversation. the whole, no diplomatic ties, no conversations, sanctions to punish the poor people who don’t solve policy isn’t exactly going to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula. Peace only comes through dialogue and conversation. That’s like saying “NO I WILL NOT TALK ABOUT THIS” to your wife after an argument. I doubt she would stay your wife for long.

  8. stayhigh_247 - Sep 9, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    I hope he isn’t coaching shooting fundamentals, if so, they need not show up in 2016. But he could help their bigs with rebounding, wigs, wedding gowns, tats, insanity, etc..

  9. whereyaat - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    I don’t see how giving the North Korean players alcohol poisoning will prepare them for the 2016 games.

  10. myeviltwinstwin - Sep 9, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Had Dear Leader (un’s father) not passed away they would have been a shoe in for gold. Legend has it Dear Leader once put up 100 points in a half. He also played a round of golf getting all hole-in-ones. He was quite the athlete.

  11. legend30 - Sep 9, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Rodman you make Metta World-Peace seem normal.

  12. greej1938l - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    If you go and train them…dont bother coming back….what a tool bag

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