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Former NBA star returns to North Korea for leaders birthday
(ABC) NORTH KOREA -- Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea this morning with a team of former NBA players.
They're scheduled to play an exhibition game that Rodman says is a birthday gift for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Dennis Rodman is at it again.
"What's up, bro?"
The former NBA star and legendary bad boy is back in North Korea on what he calls a charity mission, aimed at bringing together the US and the rogue nation.
I'm not a president, I'm not a politician, I'm not an ambassador. I'm just an athlete
This time Rodman brought along some of his NBA friends - former all stars who will square off against a team of North Koreans.
Rodman said proceeds from the exhibition game will go to a North Korean school for the deaf.
Hopefully raise some money, cut a check for the charities
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly tightened his grip on power-
He recently ordered the execution of his own uncle, after accusing him of threatening the regime.
The game will be played on Wednesday, Kim's birthday. Rodman said it will be a gift for him.
Whatever he does political-wise, that's not my job, you know. My job is to entertain the people.
This is Rodman's 3rd trip to North Korea. He was there in late December to hold tryouts for the North Korean basketball team.
Rodman's struck up a surprising relationship with the reclusive Kim Jong Un, who is largely unknown to the rest of the world. He's is the most high- profile American to meet with the North Korean since he took power two years ago.
The former NBA star said he wants people to see that North Korea isn't all that bad.
A lot of people in America have been sending me a lot of death threats and stuff like that. But I don't hear them. It's not about that.