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Dennis Rodman Will Travel to North Korea to Train National Basketball Team

SPRINGFIELD, MA - AUGUST 12:   Dennis Rodman gestures 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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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2013

Pyongyang better get ready for The Worm again: Dennis Rodman is reportedly making another trip to North Korea.

According to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com), the Hall of Fame power forward is heading off to Asia to work with the country's basketball team.

Per the report, Rodman said:

Yes, I'm going to North Korea to train the basketball team. I'm going to bring American players over there. Yes I am. I'm going to be the most famous person in the world when you see American people holding hands and hoping the doors can be opened. If they can. If they can. If they can. I'm going. I'm going back for his [Kim Jong Un's] birthday. Special.

This comes after Rodman's two earlier trips to North Korea in 2013 where he befriended North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un. Upon leaving from his last trip to the country, he intimated in The Guardian that North Korea, and Kim Jong Un in particular, were looking to build a bridge to the United States:

I'm not saying that the marshal of North Korea is in control. It's the system that's been built for years and years and years. And this young kid is trying to do one thing – to open that gap. To do something to make it work.

Rodman also hypothesized to ABC News that since both Kim and President Barack Obama love basketball, the two countries could have somewhere to start when trying to build a new relationship.

29 Nov 1997:  Forward Dennis Rodman of the Chicago Bulls stands on the court during a game against the Washington Wizards at the US Airways Arena in Landover, Maryland.  The Bulls won the game 88-83. Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger  /Allsport
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Only time will tell how well Rodman fares coaching up the North Korean national team. Since the country is isolated from the rest of the world, not much is known about the current state of its basketball team, aside from their past accomplishments.

North Korea won the silver medal at the 1993 Asian Basketball Confederation Championship. That and a bronze medal in the 1978 Asian Games are the only honors to speak of for the North Koreans.

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