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North Korea game simply incredible: Rodman's NBA team

Published on Jan 10, 2014 3:31 PM
 
Former NBA basketball player Charles Smith is surrounded by the media upon his arrival from North Korea's Pyongyang, at Beijing Capital International Airport, on Jan 10, 2014. Smith said on Friday, Jan 10, 2014, that a basketball game organised by Dennis Rodman in North Korea had achieved the players' mission of deepening "cultural exchanges" with the reclusive state. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - Former NBA star Charles Smith said on Friday that a basketball game organised by Dennis Rodman in North Korea had achieved the players' mission of deepening "cultural exchanges" with the reclusive state.

"On behalf of all the players that went on the trip, it's probably best to say that we set out on a mission to use basketball as a bridge for cultural exchange and we accomplished that mission," the former New York Knicks power forward told reporters at Beijing airport.

Mr Smith returned from Pyongyang with other retired NBA players who took part in an exhibition match Wednesday marking the birthday of reclusive leader Kim Jong Un, which has sparked huge controversy in the US.

The flamboyant former Chicago Bulls player Rodman was not with the group.

 
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