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Gut instinct questions Dennis Rodman’s forays into North Korea. However, any sort of external stimulation by Americans into the hardened nation might be beneficial. Does anyone question the motives of Rodman and fellow basketballers? Are they being paid? How much? What do North Koreans think about this?

The Christian Science Monitor took this position previously.

“The US is not providing Pyongyang with money, prestige, or any diplomatic advantage via Rodman’s trips, in [Daniel] Pinkston’s view. Yet person-to-person exchanges such as the forthcoming basketball trip could help sow seeds for civil society in the tightly controlled, reclusive North Korean state.

“While only a small step, these games could become a mechanism for the introduction of new ideas and information that are so sorely needed in North Korea,” writes Pinkston in an analysis published Monday on the International Crisis Group website.”

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Latest-News-Wires/2013/1214/Dennis-Rodman-to-host-surprise-birthday-B-ball-game-for-North-Korea-leader

Rodman is surely an interesting person. He seems to enjoy diversity in life and intellectual challenges as much as basketball. Having a personal cozy relationship with Kim Jong-un would be like Jesse Owens befriending Adolf Hitler, would it not?

Dennis Rodman

“Rodman with the Chicago Bulls during the 1995–1996 season.
No. 10, 91, 73, 70
Forward
Personal information
Born May 13, 1961 (age 52)
Trenton, New Jersey
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)[a]
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)[1]
Career information
High school South Oak Cliff
(Dallas, Texas)
College Cooke County (1983)
Southeastern Oklahoma State (1983–1986)
NBA draft 1986 / Round: 2 / Pick: 27th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Pro playing career 1986–present
Career history
1986–1993 Detroit Pistons
1993–1995 San Antonio Spurs
1995–1998 Chicago Bulls
1999 Los Angeles Lakers
2000 Dallas Mavericks
2003–2004 Long Beach Jam (ABA)
2004–2005 Orange County Crush (ABA)
2005, 2005–2006 Tijuana Dragons (ABA)
2005 Torpan Pojat (Finland)
2006 Brighton Bears (United Kingdom)”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Rodman

“Dennis Rodman to host surprise birthday B-ball game for North Korea leader
Dennis Rodman goes to North Korea next week to start coaching the national basketball team. But Dennis Rodman also has a birthday surprise planned: former NBA players will play for Kim Jong-un. Who will play for the Dear Leader?”

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Latest-News-Wires/2013/1214/Dennis-Rodman-to-host-surprise-birthday-B-ball-game-for-North-Korea-leader

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