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Rodman sings happy birthday to North Korean leader

Rodman sings 'Happy Birthday' to North Korean leader at Pyongyang game with ex-NBA squad

Dennis Rodman waits for the elevator as he arrives at his hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea after a morning practice session on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014....
Dennis Rodman bows to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seated above in the stands, before an exhibition basketball game with U.S. and North Korean pla...
Dennis Rodman tips his hat as U.S. and North Korean basketball players applaud at the end of an exhibition basketball game at an indoor stadium in Pyo...
Dennis Rodman blows a kiss to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seated above in the stands, before an exhibition basketball game with US and North Kore...
Rodman sings happy birthday to North Korean leader

North Korea Rodman

Dennis Rodman waits for the elevator as he arrives at his hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea after a morning practice session on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014....

North Korea Rodman

Dennis Rodman bows to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seated above in the stands, before an exhibition basketball game with U.S. and North Korean pla...

North Korea Rodman

Dennis Rodman tips his hat as U.S. and North Korean basketball players applaud at the end of an exhibition basketball game at an indoor stadium in Pyo...

North Korea Rodman

Dennis Rodman blows a kiss to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seated above in the stands, before an exhibition basketball game with US and North Kore...

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Dennis Rodman has sung "Happy Birthday" to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before leading a squad of former NBA stars onto the court at a Pyongyang stadium for a game Rodman said is part of his "basketball diplomacy" with the North that has been heavily criticized in the United States.

Rodman dedicated the game Wednesday to his "best friend" Kim, who along with his wife and other senior officials and their wives watched from a special seating area.

The capacity crowd of about 14,000 clapped loudly as Rodman sang a verse from the birthday song.

Along with Rodman, the former NBA players included ex-All Stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson and Vin Baker. Also on the roster were Craig Hodges, Doug Christie, Charles D. Smith and four streetballers.


Updated : 2021-08-02 04:26 GMT+08:00