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


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


He rode a horse there


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

Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong-un


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




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

Dennis Rodman


He did play a little basketball too…

AP photo

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



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