Dennis Rodman asked to train North Korea's Olympics basketball team
NEW YORK (AP):
Dennis Rodman has said that North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, has asked him to train his players to compete in the 2016 Olympics and offered to allow the basketball Hall of Famer to write a book about him.
Rodman's friendship with the autocratic leader has been criticised – and led to a couple of testy exchanges during his Manhattan news conference.
Rodman insists Kim is a good person, wants to have better relations with the United States and that he is the one who can help make it happen with his plan for "basketball diplomacy".
Though saying he didn't want to discuss politics, Rodman raised his voice when answering a question about Kim's human rights record and portrayed himself as the person who could make outsiders see the young leader as different than his father and grandfather.
"He has to do his job but he's a very good guy," Rodman said.
"If he wanted to bomb anybody in the world, he would have done it."
Touting his friendship with Kim and taunting President Barack Obama for not talking to him, Rodman said he will go back to North Korea for a week in December to help select local players for the game.
He hopes to have stars such as former Chicago teammate Scottie Pippen and Karl Malone with him.
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