The United States and the Hermit Kingdom may have fundamentally disagreed on every single way of life for the past 60 years, but for the first time, the two nations have come to a middle ground: each would pick Michael Jordan first in a basketball game.
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“Jordan wasn’t interested,” said Shane Smith, the founder and chief executive of the Vice Media Group, the HBO partner that conceived the North Korea trip and helped persuade the authorities there to permit it.
In a stunning display of U.S. diplomacy and basketball ambassadorship, one of the greatest defenders and arguably the greatest rebounder in professional basketball history made an unprecedented trip to North Korea.
Dennis Rodman, better known as “The Worm,” is traveling to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters, in what seems like an episode of Scooby Doo, to star in a VICE Media HBO documentary to air in April, said Vice founder Shane Smith to the AP.