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Rodman announces "historic" basketball tournament in North Korea

Monday, September 09, 2013 - 01:09

Sept. 9 - Former NBA star Dennis Rodman announces a basketball tournament to be held in North Korea between a U.S. team and players from the DPRK. Rodman says he will train the North Korean team. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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SHOWS: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 9, 2013) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. FORMER NBA BASKETBALL PLAYER DENNIS RODMAN WALKING INTO PRESS CONFERENCE HOSTED BY IRISH BETTING COMPANY PADDY POWER 2. SIGN FOR ANNOUNCED BASKETBALL DIPLOMACY CAMPAIGN CALLED 'PADDY POWER DENNIS RODMAN INVITATIONAL' 3. RODMAN TAKING A SEAT AT THE NEWS CONFERENCE 4. NEWS CONFERENCE 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DENNIS RODMAN, FORMER BASKETBALL PLAYER, SAYING: "The first game will be on January 8. That is the marshall, the president's birthday. We play on his birthday. So that is going to be a historical moment, a historical moment on this birthday." 6. PHOTOGRAPHER 7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DENNIS RODMAN, FORMER BASKETBALL PLAYER, SAYING: "They went even deeper and they said, 'Dennis, we would love you to do one thing for us. For the next Olympics, can you train our Olympic team to compete in the Olympics, for the next three years?' I said, 'ok.'" 8. PHOTOGRAPHER 9. RODMAN AT END OF NEWS CONFERENCE STORY: Former NBA player Dennis Rodman will train a North Korean basketball team that will play a pair of exhibitions against a U.S. team in the isolated country in January, Rodman said on Monday (September 9) following his second visit to North Korea this year. The game, sponsored by the Irish betting company Paddy Power, will be called the 'Paddy Power Dennis Rodman Invitational' "The first game will be on January 8. That is the marshall, the president's (North Korean President Kim Jong-un) birthday. We play on his birthday. So that is going to be a historical moment, a historical moment on this birthday," said Rodman. Rodman also told the news conference North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "wants to change" and said he would conduct the first-ever television interview with Kim, a man Rodman has called a friend. Rodman met with Kim in North Korea during his five-day trip that ended on Saturday. It followed a four-day visit in February, shortly after North Korea conducted its third nuclear test in defiance of U.N. resolutions. Rodman said he was going back to North Korea for a week in December to assemble a North Korean team and train it for two games against an American team on Jan. 8, Kim's birthday, and Jan. 10. He did not identify the teams. Kim's date of birth remains publicly unconfirmed and he is believed to be 30. Rodman said that while in North Korea he was also approached about training the DRPK's next Olympic team. "They said, 'Dennis, we would love you to do one thing for us. For the next Olympics, can you train our Olympic team to compete in the Olympics, for the next three years?' I said, 'ok.'" The goal of the games was "to open doors," said Rodman, an expert rebounder and defensive player who won NBA championships with the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls and was known for his flamboyant hair styles, cross-dressing and relationship with Madonna.

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Rodman announces "historic" basketball tournament in North Korea

Monday, September 09, 2013 - 01:09