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Rodman holds basketball tryouts in Pyongyang

Updated: 2013-12-21 07:54
By Eric Talmadge in Pyongyang ( China Daily)

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman held tryouts on Friday for a Democratic People's Republic of Korea team that will reportedly face a dozen National Basketball Association veterans in an exhibition game on leader Kim Jong-un's birthday next month, though he hasn't convinced all the US players that it's safe to come to Pyongyang.

The flamboyant Hall of Famer said plans for the Jan 8 game are moving ahead but that some of the 12 US basketball players he wants are afraid to come.

"You know, they're still afraid to come here, but I'm just telling them, you know, don't be afraid, man, it's all love, it's all love here," Rodman said after the tryouts at the Pyongyang Indoor Gymnasium.

Rodman holds basketball tryouts in Pyongyang