Dennis Rodman puts on exhibition game in North Korea

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Dennis Rodman, center, pauses with the ball during an exhibition basketball game with U.S. and North Korean players at an indoor stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

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Dennis Rodman sang "Happy Birthday" to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before leading a squad of former NBA stars in a friendly game Wednesday as part of his "basketball diplomacy" that has been criticized in the United States as naive and laughable.

Rodman dedicated the game to his "best friend" Kim, who along with his wife and other senior officials and their wives watched from a special seating area. The capacity crowd of about 14,000 at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium clapped loudly as Rodman sang a verse from the birthday song.
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Ex-All Stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson and Vin Baker played in the game. Also on the roster were Craig Hodges, Doug Christie, Charles D. Smith and four streetballers.

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