Looking back at Dennis Rodman’s bizarre, historic trips to North Korea


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One thing Dennis Rodman might be better at than he once was at rebounding, is getting the media attention. In February of 2013, Rodman topped the headlines for making a trip to isolated North Korea, for basketball exhibitions.

Rodman played in 911 NBA games (573 started), averaging 7.3 points and 13.1 rebounds per game. 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 is a Basketball Hall of Famer.

Rodman ended up by “making friends” with the country’s leader Kim Jong-un, and even bringing more former NBA players there for playing the home team. Rodman became the first known American to have met Kim Jong-un.

In may ways, Rodman’s visit to North Korea and the following basketball game between the US team and the North Korean team, all became historic. In this post, we take a look back at what Dennis Rodman did in North Korea.

He walked around Pyongyang, with seemingly no people around

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He rode a horse there

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Rodman became “best friends” with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un

Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong-un

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Rodman reportedly paid other ex-NBA stars $30K-$35K each to come to North Korea with him

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Dennis went as far as singing “Happy Birthday” to his new friend before the US-NK basketball game

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He did play a little basketball too…

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However, the US team lost to North Korea, and then everyone put smile on their faces,  posing for a photo

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