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Ex-NBA player says NKorea game dwarfed by politics
Yahoo Sports/AP ^ | 1/7/2013 | Eric Talmadge

Posted on 01/07/2014 10:56:25 AM PST by mojito

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 privately 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.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: charlessmith; dennisrodman; dictatorship; kimjongun; northkorea; usefulidiots
If he had second thoughts, why go in the first place?

Expressing them to an AP reporter while in North Korea could be downright dangerous.

Lil Kim isn't going to like it one bit. These players are now in serious jeopardy.

1 posted on 01/07/2014 10:56:25 AM PST by mojito
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To: mojito

“Many of the players on Tuesday privately expressed second thoughts about going ahead...”

So who’s stopping you from flying home today, you morons?


2 posted on 01/07/2014 10:59:42 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: mojito
Rodman had some sort of weird meltdown on CNN this morning:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/07/world/asia/north-korea-dennis-rodman/index.html

3 posted on 01/07/2014 11:00:23 AM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: mojito

So these ex-NBA guys are gonna play against the Norks, who probably average 5-7, 135 lbs?


4 posted on 01/07/2014 11:01:18 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: mojito

Rodman is seriously brain damaged. Why anyone would follow this low grade moron to perform for the mad dictator of a slave state is beyond my. And now they are remorseful?????


5 posted on 01/07/2014 11:02:15 AM PST by Former Proud Canadian (Cruz/Palin 2016)
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To: mojito

Dwarfed? Interesting choice of words given North Korea.


6 posted on 01/07/2014 11:02:16 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: mojito

uh lemme see... north korea... dennis rodman....and they got leery... when?


7 posted on 01/07/2014 11:04:56 AM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: mojito

Rodman probably oversold the players on the great Pyongyang nightlife.


8 posted on 01/07/2014 11:06:05 AM PST by AU72
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To: nascarnation


Ri Myung Hun 7 feet 8.5 inches. Ri was the center for the national basketball team of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. He was nicknamed Michael Ri after his idol Michael Jordan.
9 posted on 01/07/2014 11:07:44 AM PST by Chad_the_Impaler
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To: mojito

only dwarfs are the north korean basketball team


10 posted on 01/07/2014 11:07:52 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: Chad_the_Impaler

That dude must be eating like 40% of the national grub supply, LOL.


11 posted on 01/07/2014 11:08:31 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: mojito
Many of the players on Tuesday privately expressed second thoughts about going ahead because of an outpouring of criticism back home in the United States.

They didn't have first thoughts about going to a country that is a 100% Communist dictatorship led by a man who fed his own uncle to the dogs ?

Rocket scientists they aint......

12 posted on 01/07/2014 11:11:12 AM PST by Mopp4
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To: mojito
On the video this morning Rodman looks and sounds like an utter lunatic.

Dennis may soon find out what it means to be a “friend” of lil Kim.

13 posted on 01/07/2014 11:11:44 AM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: mojito
I'm sure Kim has plenty more starving dogs should the need arise while Mr. Smith is visiting.
14 posted on 01/07/2014 11:14:56 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: mojito

Second thoughts? He’s going to provide entertainment for death camps and starving people right?

Watch out for the dogs...


15 posted on 01/07/2014 11:15:15 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: mojito
People like Dennis Rodman & Sean Penn love palling around with communist dictators where Marxism demand everyone is equally miserable.

...just not them, of course.

16 posted on 01/07/2014 11:16:22 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: nickcarraway

Tyranny and state-sponsored murder do, in fact, tend to “dwarf” a pick-up game of ex-jocks.


17 posted on 01/07/2014 11:19:00 AM PST by glennaro
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To: mojito

I have no sympathy for anyone who travels to North Korea and falls into danger. It would be like feeling sorry for an Orthodox Jew who took a sightseeing tour of Kabul.


18 posted on 01/07/2014 11:19:03 AM PST by LukeL
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To: mojito; Revolting cat!

North Korea: Where trash talking like “The losers are dog meat.” carries more weight.


19 posted on 01/07/2014 11:20:00 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: mojito

N.B.A. has beens, pursuing filthy lucre.


20 posted on 01/07/2014 11:20:03 AM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: mojito
All show

fatboy sees old re-runs of WWF and thinmks THAT'S the way athletes talk

or

The norks think black people are animals and should talk like that

or

syphalis has taken his brain and it's all over

or

If he wants to keep gettin' that slant nookie, he'll put on this "America doesn't know shit" act

21 posted on 01/07/2014 11:23:31 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum; Revolting cat!
Dennis may soon find out what it means to be a “friend” of lil Kim.

"Did you bring the dress?"


22 posted on 01/07/2014 11:25:24 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: nascarnation

The NBA players better make sure they lose, in a close game.


23 posted on 01/07/2014 11:25:57 AM PST by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: mojito

I doubt any of them had a clue what Rodman was getting them into or what the Norks are really about. They pretty much live in a bubble and hardly any of them graduated college.


24 posted on 01/07/2014 11:33:44 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: mojito

Did he really use the term dwarf? lol


25 posted on 01/07/2014 11:36:01 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: mojito

Partnering with Dennis Rodman on a trip to North Korea? What a wonderful idea!


26 posted on 01/07/2014 11:36:22 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: mojito
Hey Rodman ... don't piss off Lil' Kim or your friendship could go to the dogs.

BTW did I happen to mention that I think Rodman is a POS traitor and if I had my way I would let Lil' Kim have HIS way over that class A imbecile.

27 posted on 01/07/2014 11:39:56 AM PST by clamper1797 (Evil WILL flourish when good men WILL not act)
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To: colorado tanker
I doubt any of them had a clue what Rodman was getting them into or what the Norks are really about.

Sure seems that way. I know that these are ex-players, but I'm surprised someone from the league office, or someone in the media with a clue, like Charles Barkley, didn't get in touch with them and let them know what's what. It's not as if North Korea hasn't been in the news recently.

28 posted on 01/07/2014 11:59:04 AM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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I hope NK K9’s like dark meat


29 posted on 01/07/2014 12:02:14 PM PST by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Guess the check from the DPRK basketball trust hasn’t cleared yet...or they discovered that Rodman kept all the cash from Kim Jong-un for himself.


30 posted on 01/07/2014 12:07:13 PM PST by ExNewsExSpook
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To: mojito

Thank You, Captain Obvious.


31 posted on 01/07/2014 12:09:00 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Graybeard58
N.B.A. has beens, pursuing filthy lucre.

Well put. Spot on.

32 posted on 01/07/2014 12:11:22 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: mojito

I got to hand it to Chris Cuomo. That was some composure. Rodman tried several forms of blunt intimidation and Cuomo neatly rebuffed every one. It was like watching a martial arts expert dismantle a giant schoolyard bully.


33 posted on 01/07/2014 12:34:32 PM PST by edwinland
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To: mojito

They should all be ashamed of themselves to bring any type of legitimacy to that murderous regime


34 posted on 01/07/2014 12:36:34 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: nascarnation

I wonder if the NBA guys vs the NKs if they’ll be executed, perhaps both sides. Maybe safe to just let the NKs win.


35 posted on 01/07/2014 12:59:33 PM PST by Bulwyf
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To: mojito

How much are they getting paid?


36 posted on 01/07/2014 3:33:11 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: mojito

No dwarf jokes. Un doesn’t like dwarves.


37 posted on 01/07/2014 3:42:59 PM PST by RichInOC (In the end, there can be only Un.)
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To: mojito
Rodmen is crazy. I don't know what he was trying to do but he just totally destroyed any and all credibility he ever had here at home. Take a look at the faces of the other players around him. They were all thinking about their own survival while he was running his mouth. AND, what is it that he said??? He made some insinuations but said absolutely nothing. He just spouted anger and garbage.

I hope he makes a good bit of money off of the NK midget his ability to make any money in this country just went up in smoke. Speaking of smoke he looked and sounded stoned to me.

38 posted on 01/07/2014 6:27:49 PM PST by oldenuff2no ( .)
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To: Former Proud Canadian
Why anyone would follow this low grade moron

MONEY!

39 posted on 01/07/2014 6:38:14 PM PST by VideoDoctor
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