Dennis Rodman wants North Korea, Guam basketball game for peace

North Korea has said it wants to "sink" Guam. Former NBA Star Dennis Rodman is hoping the Hermit Kingdom will settle for sinking a basket against the U.S. island territory.

Rodman, 56, believes he can broker a peace deal between the United States and North Korea due to his relationships with Kim Jong Un and President Trump, and the two-time All-Star revealed his grand plan for "basketball diplomacy" in an interview in Beijing, according to the Los Angeles Times.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C), his wife Ri Sol-Ju (L) and former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman clap during an exhibition basketball game in Pyongyang in this undated picture released by North Korea's KCNA news agency on March 1, 2013. KCNA reported that a mixed basketball game of visiting U.S. basketball players and North Korean players was held at Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong Gymnasium in Pyongyang on February 28, 2013.     REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS SPORT BASKETBALL IMAGES OF THE DAY)ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. QUALITY FROM SOURCE. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS - GM1E9310XGV01

Dennis Rodman joined Kim Jong Un and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, for an exhibition basketball game in Pyongyang.  (KCNA via Reuters)

“We thought, ‘This would be awesome!’” Rodman said. “The people in Guam are all about it. They love it. You get a team from North Korea, get these guys from Pyongyang. Play it in Beijing.”

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Rodman added the basketball game would “give something historical for everyone to see” and show “there’s no hatred at all” between the rogue regime and the U.S. -- despite North Korea's vow earlier this year to strike Guam with four medium-range ballistic missiles and it's frequent nuke and missile tests.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman (front L) hug in Pyongyang in this undated picture released by North Korea's KCNA news agency on March 1, 2013. KCNA reported that a mixed basketball game of visiting U.S. basketball players and North Korean players was held at Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong Gymnasium on February 28, 2013.     REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS SPORT BASKETBALL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. QUALITY FROM SOURCE. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS - GM1E9310WHR01

Dennis Rodman embraces Kim Jong Un during a visit to North Korea in 2013.  (KCNA via Reuters)

E.J. Calvo, the Guam national basketball team’s head coach, told the newspaper he thinks the basketball game “would be a great opportunity.”

"We hope to inspire our young players, and, with something like this, the positive impact could be much greater,” Calvo said.

Rodman, a former star for the Chicago Bulls, is in Beijing for a “humanitarian tour” of Asia aimed at promoting peace between the U.S. and North Korea. Rodman, who's visited North Korea five times, and even reportedly held the despot’s newborn daughter at one point, believes he can “alleviate some pressures as far as communication” between Trump and Kim.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C), his wife Ri Sol-Ju (L) and former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman (R) talk in Pyongyang in this undated picture released by North Korea's KCNA news agency on March 1, 2013. KCNA reported that a mixed basketball game of visiting U.S. basketball players and North Korean players was held at Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong Gymnasium in Pyongyang on February 28, 2013.     REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS SPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY BASKETBALL) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. QUALITY FROM SOURCE. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS - GM1E9310VC201

Dennis Rodman said Kim asked him during a previous visit to ask the U.S. president for three things.  (KCNA via Reuters)

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Rodman has said he has a “great” friendship with Trump and even endorsed him for the presidency. He previously appeared on Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice,” but was ultimately fired.

Drawing on the experience of his interactions with both leaders, Rodman compared Trump and Kim during his interview, saying the leaders, who often attack each other with bombastic rhetoric, “are pretty much the same people," according to AFP. 

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman of the U.S. shows a picture which he took with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as he arrives at Beijing Capital International Airport September 7, 2013. Kim again met Rodman during his second visit to North Korea this year, North Korea's state news agency said on Saturday but made no mention on whether the two discussed the fate of a jailed American missionary. 
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Dennis Rodman showed pictures of his visit to North Korea, including one in which he's seen speaking with Kim Jong Un.  (Reuters)

“They love control,” Rodman said.

He called the threats of launching a nuclear war merely “entertainment” and that “ain’t nobody got no finger on the button.”

Rodman recalled one of his trips in 2013 or 2014 where Kim asked him to deliver three “pretty reasonable” requests to then-President Barack Obama. But the retired NBA player never spoke about Kim’s requests until Trump was elected. That’s when a “whole different dynamic” was introduced, Rodman said.

“This whole thing with me, [Kim] and Donald Trump -- it’s a whole different dynamic right now,” Rodman said. “I said to [Trump] I got three things to say to you, and after that, he told me to 'f--k off.'”

Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman is surrounded by the media after arriving from North Korea's Pyongyang at Beijing airport, China June 17, 2017.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC1278621B20

Dennis Rodman has visited North Korea five times.  (Reuters)

Trump previously tweeted about Rodman in 2014, saying: “Dennis Rodman was either drunk or on drugs (delusional) when he said I wanted to go to North Korea with him. Glad I fired him on Apprentice!”

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