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Ex-NBA player says NKorea game dwarfed by politics

Former NBA star says North Korea exhibition game dwarfed by politics, Rodman's own comments

Dennis Rodman huddles with North Korean basketball players and fellow former NBA stars at a practice session in Pyongyang, North Korea on Tuesday, Jan...
Dennis Rodman watches court side as North Korean and U.S. basketball players practice in Pyongyang, North Korea on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman came ...
A North Korean official lights a cigar for Dennis Rodman at a basketball arena in Pyongyang, North Korea during a practice session for the US and Nort...
A bottle of vodka with handmade illustrations of Rodman with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Rodman's name in Korean sits on the roof of a car out...
Dennis Rodman, right,  meets with former North Korean basketball player Ri Myung Hun at a practice session with USA and North Korean players in Pyongy...
Dennis Rodman speaks with fellow US basketball players during a team meeting at a Pyongyang, North Korea hotel Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman came to t...
Dennis Rodman speaks with fellow US basketball players during a team meeting at a Pyongyang, North Korea hotel Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman came to t...
Dennis Rodman is filmed by a documentary film crew at a Pyongyang, North Korea hotel Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman came to the North Korean capital wi...

North Korea Rodman

Dennis Rodman huddles with North Korean basketball players and fellow former NBA stars at a practice session in Pyongyang, North Korea on Tuesday, Jan...

North Korea Rodman

Dennis Rodman watches court side as North Korean and U.S. basketball players practice in Pyongyang, North Korea on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman came ...

North Korea Rodman

A North Korean official lights a cigar for Dennis Rodman at a basketball arena in Pyongyang, North Korea during a practice session for the US and Nort...

North Korea Rodman

A bottle of vodka with handmade illustrations of Rodman with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Rodman's name in Korean sits on the roof of a car out...

North Korea Rodman Ri

Dennis Rodman, right, meets with former North Korean basketball player Ri Myung Hun at a practice session with USA and North Korean players in Pyongy...

North Korea Rodman

Dennis Rodman speaks with fellow US basketball players during a team meeting at a Pyongyang, North Korea hotel Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman came to t...

North Korea Rodman

Dennis Rodman speaks with fellow US basketball players during a team meeting at a Pyongyang, North Korea hotel Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman came to t...

North Korea Rodman

Dennis Rodman is filmed by a documentary film crew at a Pyongyang, North Korea hotel Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman came to the North Korean capital wi...

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Former NBA star Charles D. Smith says he feels remorse for coming to Pyongyang with Dennis Rodman for a game on the North Korean leader's birthday because the event has been dwarfed by politics and tainted by Rodman's own comments.

Smith and other former NBA players are scheduled to play with Rodman against a team of North Koreans on Wednesday that organizers say leader Kim Jong Un is expected to attend. Many of the players on Tuesday expressed second thoughts about going ahead because of an outpouring of criticism back home in the United States.

Smith, who played for the New York Knicks, said the North Korea trip has been dwarfed by politics and Rodman's frequent boasts about his close friendship with Kim.


Updated : 2021-01-23 21:43 GMT+08:00