It was incredible enough when word got out that Dennis Rodman was in North Korea to conduct "basketball diplomacy." Now "The Worm" has done something not even Google CEO Eric Schmidt and ex-New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson did on their recent trips to the country -- he wormed his way into a meeting with dictator Kim Jong Un.
"You have a friend for life," Dennis told Jong Un as the two sat in garish, communist-red chairs to watch a game involving three members of the Harlem Globetrotters and 12 Korean players. What a cute inspiration for Randy Newman's next hit, or heck, even a whole Pixar movie.
After the game, which ended in a 110-110 draw, calling into question the Globetrotters' reputation as a team that would never participate in a fixed game, Dennis proclaimed, "Although relations between the two countries are regrettable, personally I am a friend of Marshal Kim Jong Un and the DPRK people," he said, according to Chinese news agency Xinhua."
The moon-faced autocrat, 30, then proceeded to get wasted with the 51-year-old winner of five NBA championships, whom he had learned to love while at boarding school in Switzerland.
Dennis, who once dated Madonna and starred in 1997's "Double Team" with Jean-Claude Van Damme, isn't known for his wisdom in entering duos, but seriously, a nuke-happy brutalist? This member of Basketball Players Without Borders says the game's all that matters. As he tweeted: "I'm not a politician. Kim Jung Un & North Korean people are basketball fans. I love everyone. Period. End of story. #WORMinNorth Korea."
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Country singer Janis Oliver Cummins of Sweethearts of the Rodeo is 59.
Actor-director Ron Howard is 59.
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