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Dennis Rodman to Return to North Korea With Team of Former NBA Players

TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images(PYONGYANG, North Korea) -- Former NBA star Dennis Rodman says he's taking a team of former American players to North Korea for an exhibition game to help dictator Kim Jong Un celebrate his 31st birthday.

A North Korean senior basketball team will take on the American side that includes former NBA all stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson, and Vin Baker.  

Kim and Rodman met last February, when Rodman took the Harlem Globetrotters to North Korea for a documentary series. He went back in December to help train the North Korean national team.

Rodman's been criticized for his friendship with the leader of one of the most repressive countries in the world.

Rodman has said, "It's not necessarily political. It's not even nowhere near political. It's all about basketball and entertainment."

"A lot of people in America don't approve of what I've been doing," Rodman said. "But... that's not my problem."

The game is set for Wednesday. It's not known whether Rodman will play in the game.

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