Dennis Rodman to coach North Korean Olympic basketball team: Rodman made the announcement Monday
10:56 AM, Sep 9, 2013
British Newspaper the Guardian reports that former NBA star Dennis Rodman plans to organize a basketball game between U.S. and Korean teams and details on the match are expected on Monday.
"Kim is a great guy, he loves basketball, and he's interested in building trust and understanding through sport and cultural exchanges," Rodman was quoted as saying.
Rodman's recent North Korea trip came amid signs of easing tension on the Korean Peninsula, with Pyongyang seeking to restart dormant cooperation projects with Seoul.
But the country last month withdrew its invitation to a U.S. envoy to visit the country to secure the freedom of Kenneth Bae, a Korean American missionary who has been detained in North Korea since November on charges of committing hostile acts. The North said it canceled the invitation because of the alleged mobilization of nuclear-capable U.S. bombers during annual military exercises between Seoul and Washington.