Former NBA Star Dennis Rodman Arrives In North Korea With Film Crew

Category: Sports / Feb 26, 2013 9:38AM EDT
Former American NBA star Dennis Rodman arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday (February 26) along with other basketball players to film a television documentary. Video footage, provided by North Korea's official news agency KCNA, showed Rodman being greeted by North Korean officials at the airport. Rodman, now 51 years old, won five NBA championships in his prime, achieving a mix of fame and notoriety for his on- and off-court antics. Thirty-year-old North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is reported to be an avid NBA fan. Rodman, who sports trademark tattoos and piercings, played for the Chicago Bulls. He said there was no special timing to this visit. "There ain't no timing of it, just we got invited, and we're just going to come over and having some fun," he said. "It's my first time, I think it's most of these guys' first time, so hopefully everything will be okay, hope the kids have a good time for the game," Rodman added, when asked whether it was his first time in North Korea. VICE, based in New York, is the production company behind the documentary and has previously filmed in North Korea. It did not disclose the topic of the TV series but said it was part of "documentary-style news reports from around the world" that would be distributed on HBO in April. Video Source: Reuters