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Rodman reportedly to lead team with Kenny Anderson, Vin Baker to North Korea for exhibition

Jan 4, 2014, 8:01 PM EDT

Dennis Rodman AP

Dennis Rodman has taken a lot of criticism for it, but he calls North Korean leader Kim Jong Un his “friend for life” and has tried what he calls “basketball diplomacy” between the two nations. The rest of us would say at this point he’s being used as a propaganda pawn, but he calls it diplomacy.

Rodman’s efforts include a planned a Jan. 8 exhibition game in honor of Kim’s birthday. The question was always what retired players Rodman could recruit to go to North Korean with him for this game.

There were a couple former All-Stars on the list, as reported by the Associated Press.

Rodman leads a team that includes former NBA All-Stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson, and Vin Baker. Craig Hodges, Doug Christie and Charles D. Smith are on the team, as well….

Smith, who played for the New York Knicks, said he was looking forward to the game with Rodman.

“Dennis and I are total opposites but we work very well together,” Smith said. “Dennis is one of the few people I know that doesn’t just talk but actually lives a culturally diverse life. We have traveled everywhere together so I was not surprised with his first visit to North Korea.

“Cultural exchange is about sharing. Sharing ideas and thoughts on education, culture and life.”

I’m all for using basketball (and other sports) to break down cultural barriers. I think it’s one of the important things that sports can do.

This doesn’t feel like that at all. This feels like Rodman getting used for propaganda purposes. I’m a little surprised he got all the players he did.

  1. buddydeath - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Boom goes the dynamite.

  2. bigblackfist - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Why are you surprised? I mean he has creditability with those players. They all are that “certain-level headed type of Bruthas!” That type is capable of anything.

  3. jthammerstix - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    You’re surprised he got the guys he did? I mean what else are they doing? Can they use their AARP cards in North Korea?

  4. undeadjesus - Jan 4, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    If Rodman keeps going over there, one of these times Kim Jong Un isn’t going to let him leave.

    Oh, and Kim Jong Un just killed his own uncle by feeding him to a pack of dogs. Not sure I’d be so eager to jet back over to N Korea for a hang session.

  5. asimonetti88 - Jan 4, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Oh, so that was the answer to the Jeopardy question, “What is Vin Baker doing in 2014?”

    • adoombray - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      You just had to figure Doug Christie’s wife was gonna get her name back in the news somehow

  6. nyhammerhead - Jan 4, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    You know all that cheap Chinese crap that you buy for your home, car, girlfriends ,etc ? That all came around because of Nixon’s ping pong diplomacy with Mao. Rodman is crazy… like a fox. He’ll cash in. So will North Korea . Kerry should be with him instead of arguing with carpet beaters and camel jockys.

  7. adoombray - Jan 4, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Look, there’s so many millions – like, literally millions – of other things a guy like Rodman could be doing. he could be a drunk in Vegas, some drugged out broke guy, some waste of society, but this right here? maybe it’s not exactly a noble effort because Kim is a monster no doubt, but i applaud the approach. What has sanctions and isolation done for 60 years other than prop up the regime? Of course this is a propoganda tool for Kim and attention seeking for Rodman. Life is like that though. There is always more than one facet to any story and one sentence labels are for twitter, not the real world.

  8. thraiderskin - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    There is nothing to learn from North Korea… That regime is a bunch of rabid animals and should be put down like a bunch of rabid animals. As far as I’m concerned, Dennis Rodman is a traitor for this, he and the morons he is taking over there are going in celebration of a psychotic tyrant on par, in cruelty, with Adolf Hitler.

    Some say Rodman should be applauded for this approach, I think he should be imprisoned.

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      This is how a right wing bass turd thinks. Be afraid of one of these pea brains getting elected to ANY political office.

  9. rdav29 - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Wouldn’t be surprised if they lost and were then fed to a pack of starving wild dogs over there

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:42 AM

      They better bring their A game

  10. wisconsinhillfolk - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    The difficulty with your logic is that it presupposes that your opinion is of any consequence to anyone at all anywhere. That makes it inherently flawed.

    Also, media in North Korea is projecting the United States in a negative light, just as media in the West has… never mind.

    • casualcommenter - Jan 5, 2014 at 3:52 AM

      And the difficulty with your logic is that it presupposes that your opinion is of any consequence to anyone at all anywhere. That makes it inherently flawed because while Kurt has some influence as a writer for a popular blog, you have absolutely no influence at all.

      You’re a complete “nobody,” and your use of long words doesn’t change that.


    • 1historian - Jan 5, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      good to see you got your daily quota of 25 cent words in.

      • wisconsinhillfolk - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        Thanks for the stunningly ignorant reply. You have in no way advanced the conversation. Well done!

  11. chucknorrissinspiration - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Rod the bod, handlin’ rock like Kenny anderson(Raekwon) and I’m vin baker and I’m an alcoholic. My kinda guys.

  12. ddpenny - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:53 PM

  13. woodrree7 - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Don’t let the trader back in the US!

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      Trader: that’s a good one! Rodman never trades; he just takes!

      • nyhammerhead - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:36 AM

        Funny , Carmen said the same thing ! At least that’s what she told me

  14. 00maltliquor - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:37 AM

    I’m starting to get pretty nervous with Rodman heading back out there. I mean, how many more times before things seriously take a left turn with his “buddy” Kim?

  15. davidly - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    The rabid dog story–from the Telegraph, of all publications–opens thus:
    The thing about North Korea is that it’s so mad, so gruesome that it’s difficult not to believe whatever tall story you hear about it.

    Make no mistake, the Worm is being used for propaganda by more than just one country. “My country right or wrong” types are always the last to understand or admit the nature of their own propaganda.

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      “My country right or wrong types”: right wing bass turd pea brains and their parents.

  16. metalhead65 - Jan 5, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    why is this lunatic still in the news? I mean rodman not the one in charge of a country. he is only getting himself publicity and doing nothing to help the starving and abused people of n.korea. the stories coming out of there are not made up unless you believe the lucky ones who made it out alive are just making things up. maybe this time kim will decide to feed his good buddy rodman to the dogs and we will spared the constant publicity of this nut job,his 15 min. were up years ago stop talking about him already!

  17. lalifer - Jan 6, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    No. They will only be fed to the dogs if they actually won and embarrased the dictator on his birthday.

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