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NBA, retired players association among those not supporting Rodman's latest North Korea trip

  • Dennis Rodman coaches as North Korean and U.S. basketball players practice in Pyongyang, North Korea on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman came to the North Korean capital with a squad of U.S. basketball stars for an exhibition game on Jan. 8, the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

    Dennis Rodman coaches as North Korean and U.S. basketball players practice in Pyongyang, North Korea on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman came to the North Korean capital with a squad of U.S. basketball stars for an exhibition game on Jan. 8, the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dennis Rodman, center,  meets with former North Korean basketball player Ri Myung Hun at a practice session with USA and North Korean players in Pyongyang, North Korea on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman came to the North Korean capital with a squad of USA basketball stars for an exhibition game on Jan. 8, the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

    Dennis Rodman, center, meets with former North Korean basketball player Ri Myung Hun at a practice session with USA and North Korean players in Pyongyang, North Korea on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman came to the North Korean capital with a squad of USA basketball stars for an exhibition game on Jan. 8, the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dennis Rodman huddles with North Korean basketball players and fellow former NBA stars at a practice session in Pyongyang, North Korea on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman came the North Korean capital with a squad of U.S. basketball stars for an exhibition game on Jan. 8, the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

    Dennis Rodman huddles with North Korean basketball players and fellow former NBA stars at a practice session in Pyongyang, North Korea on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman came the North Korean capital with a squad of U.S. basketball stars for an exhibition game on Jan. 8, the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)  (The Associated Press)

The NBA and the National Basketball Retired Players Association are among those criticizing Dennis Rodman's latest trip to North Korea.

The NBRPA released a statement Tuesday saying the trip "is not supported by our organization in any way," a similar sentiment to what was offered by NBA Commissioner David Stern.

A number of former NBA players are on the trip with Rodman, who calls North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a "friend for life" despite the nation's human rights record and its development of nuclear weapons.

Rodman says a game scheduled for Wednesday between the former NBA stars and North Korean players is a birthday present for Kim.