The NBA’s greatest rebounder of all time is also the NBA’s craziest player of all time. Rodman went even crazier when he took trips to North Korea this last year to meet with leader Kim Jong-Un. The two became great friends, to no ones surprise and it looks like the world may have to thank Mr. Rodman for his services as Mr. Jong-Un hasn’t tried to blow us up.
From the AP:
Rodman considers Kim a close friend and has a long-scheduled trip that starts Monday to train the national team. Rodman also has organized an exhibition game in January in Pyongyang to celebrate Kim’s birthday. Rodman could reveal the roster next week. He says former professional basketball players have committed to the game, though he declined to reveal names.
“Yes, I’m going to North Korea to train the basketball team,” he told The Associated Press by phone. “I’m going to bring American players over there. Yes I am. I’m going to be the most famous person in the world when you see American people holding hands and hoping the doors can be opened. If they can. If they can. If they can. I’m going. I’m going back for his birthday. Special.”
This past week was the start of the college signing period. High school and college sports have blown up as of recent. Back in the day a player would sign their letter of intent and that’s that. Nowadays there are press conferences at the schools, players committing live on ESPN and the whole world knowing where these kids will be taking their talents in the fall. This Friday was no different as many of the top basketball recruits told the world where they will be playing. Two of these commits just so happened to be #1 ranked, Jahlil Okafor and #4 ranked Tyus Jones who both chose Duke University.
Like the Miami Heat Big 3, these two star players talked about playing in college together as they played for Team USA, winning gold medals is Mexico and Lithuania. The team USA affiliation is what raised eyebrows when news of the possible duo ending up at Duke was going around, as Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is the USA Men’s National Team head coach. Okafor kept it simple when he said, “We just wanted the best opportunity to win,”. You can’t be mad at that.
Take a look at what Duke will be expecting next fall down below
The second annual Armed Forces Classic will be played tonight, featuring Oregon vs Georgetown, which will air at 8PM ET on ESPN. As today kicks off the start to the College Basketball Season it is only fitting that we honor our troops around the world. The game will be played at Army Base, Camp Humphreys in South Korea. The jerseys and shoes made by Nike and Jordan Brand respectably feature camo print, with american flags and the words U.S.A (Oregon) and RESPECT (Georgetown). Hopefully this will be a continued success for the next 3 years as ESPN has a 5 year partnership with the Department of Defense and each branch of the US Armed Forces.