Dennis Rodman and his team of former NBA players are scheduled to play a basketball game against the national team of North Korea on Jan. 8.
*It should be noted that previously Craig Hodges was noted to be among the players, however now, it seems like Sleepy Floyd is there.
Today on Jan. 7, NBA Hall of Famer Rodman, and his teammates (Kenny Anderson, Vin Baker, Charles Smith, Sleepy Floyd, Doug Christie, Clifford Robinson) have arrived in North Korea. Check out the photos below:
Rodman and his team are scheduled to play on Jan. 8, which is a birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Another game should be played two days later on Jan. 10. Rodman is the highest profile American to meet Kim since the leader inherited power from his father in late 2011.
Former Knicks player Charles Smith said he hopes the game will lead to better relations between the two countries.
”It’s new being here, but overall the concept is not new,” he said. ”The team is made up of a lot of guys who really care, that’s the most important, it’s not about bringing dream-teamers. It’s about guys who are coming that want to be a part of this, that care, and really that care about humanity.”
It should be noted that NBA’s commissioner David Stern is not really thrilled about Rodman’s games in North Korea.
“The NBA is not involved with Mr. Rodman’s North Korea trip and would not participate or support such a venture without the approval of the U.S. State Department,” Stern said. “Although sports in many instances can be helpful in bridging cultural divides, this is not one of them.”Follow @exnbadotcom
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