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Dennis Rodman Is Going to North Korea for Some Odd Reason

SPRINGFIELD, MA - AUGUST 12:   Dennis Rodman (L) reacts as Phil Jackson looks on during the Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Symphony Hall on August 12, 2011 in Springfield, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2013

Dennis Rodman always has something on his plate that makes us cock our heads sideways and react with nothing more than a, "huh?" This time around, he's taking a trip, along with a few guys from VICE and three Harlem Globetrotters, to North Korea, h/t AP.

 

Update: Tuesday, February 26, 2013: 8:50 AM ET By Ethan Norof

Well, at least Rodman has good intentions for his trip to North Korea.

Rodman and the VICE guys are going to shoot some footage for their TV show set to air on HBO in early April.

It seems to be another step in Rodman's longtime goodwill trip around the world.

 

Back in 2005, Rodman played with the Tijuana Dragons, marking his first high-profile trip outside of the United States for entertainment purposes. Moving on down the line, he played in the United Kingdom, the Phillippines (where he ended up meeting his father for the first time), competed in a wife-carrying contest in Finland, played a game or two in China, and now, he's on his way to North Korea.

Of course, the last high-profile guy to make an appearance in the oft-troubled nation was the executive chairman of Google last month, so it only makes sense that Rodman and a few Globetrotters be the next Americans to venture out that way.

The guys from VICE are saying the crew will be putting on a basketball camp for kids and playing some pickup games against locals.  That'll surely broker some sort of peace between North Korea and the rest of the world, right?

Rodman, no longer the "Bad as I wanna be" type person he was in his heyday with the San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls and thereafter, seems to be legitimately interested in spreading goodwill, so we'll see how the entire situation shakes out.

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