Rodman Balling in N. Korea

    Retired U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman (2nd L) shakes hands with officials upon arrival at Pyongyang airport, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 19, 2013. Rodman said on Thursday he was not going to North Korea to talk about politics or human rights, despite political tension surrounding the execution of leader Kim Jong Un's uncle. Mandatory credit. REUTERS/Kyodo (NORTH KOREA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY POLITICS MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SPORT) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN - RTX16OCB


    The recent execution of Kim Jong Un’s second in command didn’t make a dent in the blossoming friendship between the North Korean leader and the basketball has-been, Dennis Rodman, who arrived in the country Thursday to train the national team. The aging bad-boy told reporters he doesn’t fear for his safety in the communist country, and reiterated his hope that basketball would bring the feuding nations together. “I hope this is going to engage American people, especially Obama, to just to try to talk to them," he said.

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