Dennis Rodman holds joint practice with North Korean players


rodman-north-korea-10Former National Basketball Association (NBA) player Dennis Rodman and his party held a joint practice with North Korean players on Wednesday, one day after his arrival in Pyongyang, the North’s official news agency reported.

“Basketball players of the DPRK and the U.S. conducted joint training in Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong Gymnasium here on Wednesday. Participating in it were U-18 players of the DPRK and ex-player of the NBA of the U.S. Dennis Rodman and his party,” the North’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a brief report.

Rodman arrived in North Korea to film a television documentary on Tuesday with representatives of the Harlem Globetrotters celebrity team.

“It is true, I am in North Korea. Looking forward to sitting down with Kim Jong Un,” Rodman tweeted recently. “I love the people of North Korea. They love basketball here. Honored to represent the United States of America.”

Rodman played in 911 NBA games (573 started), averaging 7.3 points and 13.1 rebounds per game. He also won 5 NBA championships (2 with Detroit Pistons, three with Chicago Bulls).

Rodman had his best rebounding season with the Detroit Pistons in 91-92, when he led the league in rebounds per game, with 18.7 rpg.

He was a two-time All-Star, and won the “Defensive Player of the Year” award twice, in 89-90 and 90-91. He led the NBA in rebounds per game 7 times.

Rodman, who sports trademark tattoos and piercings, had his trip to Pyongyang organized by a New York-based television production company, VICE.

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