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Student’s Corner: Basketball: An Alliance

Ashley Lanuza, contributing student writer from San Gabriel Mission High School.

by Ashley Lanuza

San Gabriel

Former National Basketball Association player Dennis Rodman is scheduled to play a basketball game in honor of Kim Jong-Un’s birthday. According to CNN, a group of former NBA players and other basketballers will be playing the North Korean Senior National team for the leader’s birthday in January of 2014. The relationship between Rodman and Kim Jong-Un is very controversial, but the former defends his moves as a type of “relationship bridge,” using sports. The leader is said to be a large fan of basketball. However, the friendship is a topic of debate due to the country’s looming threat of nuclear attacks and their arguable sense of human rights. According to ABC News, neither the NBA nor the National Basketball Retired Players Association is supporting or is any way associated with Rodman’s decisions. Overall, Rodman’s spoken intention is to basically create a peaceful relationship, not as diplomats, but as human beings creating a bond with a little basketball.

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