Thursday, January 2, 2014

10 Players Rodman Should Take with Him to North Korea

Almost a year ago, before it was announced that Dennis Rodman would be training the North Korean basketball team and bringing American players over with him to play in an exhibition game, I wrote an article asking whether Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen would be invited to join Rodman in North Korea on his next trip out there.

With the basketball diplomacy between Rodman and North Korea set for sure, who should fill out the roster?

It will be an experience to remember for all the players involved because of the uniqueness of the situation and the media following that will go along with it.

Retired professional players are probably high on the list to go because current pro players, minor leagues or not, are under contract.  So, let the speculating begin.

These would be my preferences for Rodman to select.  I think he should try to recruit some former friends and foes from his best days on the court.  

Of course, I'm sticking with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.  There was a time when Jordan, Pippen and Rodman were rock stars on tour.  Three NBA championships together and a record for best regular season at 72-10 are pretty good achievements.

I got to go with 'The Glove' and 'The ReignMan'-Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp from the Seattle Supersonics glory days.  These guys gave Rodman a tussle in the '96 NBA Finals.  GP is always looking to bolster his profile as he is with FoxSports now and Kemp can always use his appearance to try and get money to help with child support payments.

For sure, Karl Malone and John Stockton deserve an invite.  Rodman is familiar with them from both the '97 and '98 NBA Finals.  Also, Malone is good with Rodman from their wrestling days with the WCW.

And, from Rodman's run with the Detroit Pistons, he needs to find a couple guys.  John Salley, who had his own late-night talk show years back, has always been a buddy and Isiah Thomas will bring some flash to the game.

Magic Johnson has to be there.  He's got the best smile the game has ever seen and the best no-look passes, too.

Rodman could ask Larry Bird, but he's probably too injured to play decently.  Rodman should definitely bring a doctor with him on this trip.  North Korea is far away and it is a long trip.  Julius Erving, aka-Dr. J, would do the trick.  

Okay, now we have a ballgame.  Can these guys break more ice with Kim Jong Un and prevent some future world chaos?  The cool, hip factor is there.  These are great U.S.A. ambassadors.

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