Former Golden State Warriors' Sleepy Floyd and Clifford Robinson are among the group of ex-NBA players who are in North Korea to play in Wednesday's exhibition game organized by Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman to celebrate the 31st birthday of his lifelong friend and the country's leader Kim Jong-un who is a big basketball fan.
Charles D. Smith, Vin Baker, Doug Christie, Craig Hodges and Kenny Anderson along with Floyd and Robinson are set to scrimmage the North Korean senior national team in Pyongyang.
Floyd had an All-Star year with the Warriors in 1987 which was highlighted by his 51 point performance against the Lakers in Game 4 of the 1987 conference semi's. Robinson made the All-Star team with Portland in 1994 and started 111 games with the Warriors from 2003-2005.
Wednesday's game comes just weeks after Kim's approval of his powerful uncle's execution and amid the imprisonment of U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae for spying.
Rodman notably flipped out at CNN reporters when Bae's case was brought up at today's media session.
Concerning the game, NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement released by the league on Tuesday:
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. Although sports in many instances can be helpful in bridging cultural divides, this is not one of them."
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