A Beijing-based travel group Koryo Tours is offering a few tourists the chance to go to North Korea and attend Dennis Rodman’s basketball event in Pyongyang.
“Koryo Tours has an exclusive partnership with the organisers of the event which enables us to offer a limited amount of spaces to our travellers to fly into Pyongyang with the invitational NBA all-stars team that Dennis Rodman is taking with him,” says the tour operator’s website.
The tour promises tourists to have “as much contact with the team as possible during the trip”, and will fly in and out of the country with them as well as staying in the same hotel (Pyongyang’s deluxe Koryo Hotel).
The tour also includes visiting the main event, a game with DPRK national basketball team, as well as see some very senior North Korean politicians that regular tourists never see.
Earlier this month, Rodman told the Associated Press that he was looking forward to the trip and promised that former professional basketball players had also agreed to come on the trip (though declined to name who).
Rodman formed a friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un earlier this year, where they reportedly bonded over the dictator’s love of basketball. The United States State Department strongly recommends against going to North Korea, despite Rodman’s endorsement.
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.Follow @exnbadotcom
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