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Former basketball player Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea

  • Retired American basketball player Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Tuesday to film a television documentary with representatives of the Harlem Globetrotters celebrity team.

    Rodman, 51, won five NBA championships in his prime and was notorious for both his on- and off-court antics. Rodman played for the Chicago Bulls.

    Thirty-year-old North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is reported to be an avid NBA fan and had pictures taken with players from the Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers during his youth in Switzerland.

    The trip to Pyongyang was organized by New York-based television production company, VICE.

    According to North Korean state television, the week-long trip would include running a basketball camp for North Korean children and taking part in community-based games.

    "I think most of guys are first time here so hopefully everything is OK and hopefully kids have a good time for the game," Rodman told KCNA.

    The footage with Rodman in North Korea will be distributed on HBO in April.

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