Prior to the game, Rodman came out to the court, and serenaded North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with “Happy Birthday”. The game was originally organized in Kim’s honor.
Spectators were not allowed to bring cameras into the arena, which features enormous hanging portraits of Kim’s father and grandfather, attendees said. The game was not broadcast on the state-run television network.
When Kim Jong Un entered the arena with his wife before Wednesday’s game, there were “several minutes of cheering, saluting, shouting ‘Manseh’ — meaning 10,000 years, a long life,” Simon Cockerell, a tour group operator, said in a Skype video posted on YouTube. The cheering continued, Cockerell said, “until Kim Jong Un basically told everybody to sit down and the game began.”
The contest was friendly. After a half of competing against each other, the U.S. and Korean players were mixed together for the rest of the game, AP reported. Rodman said it was a “historic day” for “everybody in the world.”
Below is the actual Sky News footage of the game, where former NBA players, such as Rodman himself (who grabbed one rebound), Vin Baker (who scored two points), Clifford Robinson (who nearly lost the ball) and Doug Christie participated.
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