WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Watch former NBA player Dennis Rodman sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on his latest trip to Pyongyang.
Rodman, who’s traveled to N. Korea on multiple occasions and has a budding friendship with Kim Jong-un, brought friends this time to help celebrate the leader’s 31st birthday with a game of basketball and and continue to develop what he refers to as ‘basketball diplomacy.’
Those friends consisted of ex-NBAers Kenny Anderson, Vin Baker, Cliff Robinson, Charles Smith, Doug Christie, Sleepy Floyd, Craig Hodges, as well as four streetball players, who took on a team of N. Korean players … and lost.
Prior to the game, which was played in a large gymnasium in front of what appeared to be thousands of spectators, Rodman, very quietly, sang ‘Happy Birthday,’ which gathered increasing applause from the crowd. Also in the video, you can see select game footage, and Charles Smith expressing second thoughts about the Americans’ controversial trip.
Rodman was also outspoken about Kenneth Bae, an American citizen being held captive in N. Korea, which caused a great deal of frustration for Bae’s family.