December 23rd, 2013
12:51 PM ET

Rodman: N. Korea basketballers 'awesome'

Flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman has left North Korea without meeting the country's leader Kim Jong Un, but with high praise for local basketball players Rodman trained while there.

"They are awesome," Rodman told CNN while in transit at Beijing Capital International Airport on Monday.

Rodman started his third visit to North Korea last week, spending four days in the isolated nation to assist setting up an exhibition game featuring North Korean players and a dozen NBA veteran players - identities of which are yet to be announced. The friendly game is planned for Kim Jong Un's birthday on January 8.


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  1. chrissy

    Big fat furry deal!

    December 23, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Rodman, do some good here at home.

    December 23, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rachel Maddow

    Unfortunately, more and more celebrities are giving to good causes, but far from home.

    December 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Yea aint that somethin @ Rachel? Wonder why that is??

    December 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rascal Rabble

    there nothin wrong with charity extending far from home as long as one remembers that even rain needs water...

    December 24, 2013 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rachel Maddow

    I agree. Nothing wrong at all with giving to those in need on the other side of the globe. But what about the children in this countr Why do some celebrities overlook them? Let's do remember the billions already going to foreign countries.

    December 24, 2013 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cosmotogist

    I think his trip is ill advised.

    December 24, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    WHAT is a cosmotogist? Ive never heard of that.

    December 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Is that anything like a mixologist? That maybe specializes in Cosmo's only??? Fancy name for barkeeper?

    December 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Dennis just needs to remember to tell his teammates to throw the game. We don't want to upset the little funny haired wonder. Especially on hi birthday.

    December 25, 2013 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Lol Merry Christmas @ bobcat. And true the chubby one's ego is as big as him i think!

    December 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. skydiver25

    kids are being tortured in concentration camps, working 18 hours a day, having their fingers cut off for not behaving, and here Denny Rodman is just chilling out and shooting some hoops in north korea, not to mention becoming good friends with the leader. Rodman is a traitor who should be executed. Or just don't let him come back...

    December 26, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |