Rodman Reveals Ex-NBA Stars to Play in N. Korea

Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson, Vin Baker on exhibition-game team

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 4, 2014 5:15 PM CST

(Newser) – The next stage of Dennis Rodman's North Korean "basketball diplomacy" involves an exhibition game, with former NBA stars facing off against a North Korean team. The US team includes former all-stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson, and Vin Baker, the AP reports. Also on the team: ex-NBA players Craig Hodges, Doug Christie, and Charles D. Smith. The game is set for Jan. 8, Kim Jong Un's birthday.

"We are all looking forward to arriving in Pyongyang, meeting the citizens, visiting various charities, and using the opportunity to develop new relationships that result in our annual return," Rodman says. He notes that "the positive memories and smiles on the faces of the children and families are a testament to the great efforts we have put into fulfilling our mission wherever we go, voiding any politics." Smith says Rodman "is one of the few people I know that doesn't just talk but actually lives a culturally diverse life."

In this June 4, 1992, file photo, the Portland Trail Blazers' Cliff Robinson drives on the Chicago Bulls' Horace Grant. Robinson is among the stars reportedly set to play in a North Korea game.
In this June 4, 1992, file photo, the Portland Trail Blazers' Cliff Robinson drives on the Chicago Bulls' Horace Grant. Robinson is among the stars reportedly set to play in a North Korea game.   (AP Photo/John Swart, File)
In this Dec. 20, 2013 file photo, Dennis Rodman holds a cigar as he speaks to North Korean basketball players during a practice session in Pyongyang.
In this Dec. 20, 2013 file photo, Dennis Rodman holds a cigar as he speaks to North Korean basketball players during a practice session in Pyongyang.   (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)
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