Rodman to try ‘basketball diplomacy’ with North Korea (3 paragraph opening)

– Former NBA player Dennis Rodman hopes some “basketball diplomacy” will open doors with North Korea and possibly lead to dialogue between its leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Rodman plans to train a North Korean basketball team for a pair of exhibition matches against a U.S. team in the isolated, communist-ruled country in January, Rodman told a news conference on Monday following his second visit to North Korea this year for meetings with Kim.

“I would love to make this a gimmick and make a (bunch) of money, but it’s not about the money,” Rodman said. “It’s about trying to open Obama’s and everyone’s minds and, guess what, you don’t have to talk about politics. Talk about anything in the world. Meet him in Switzerland, meet him in London, meet him in Ireland, just meet him or even give him a call. That’s all he wants.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/09/us-korea-north-rodman-idUSBRE9880S820130909

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