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Former NBA All-Star Dennis Rodman sang 'Happy Birthday' to North Korean leader Kim Jung Un and proceeds to play half a game ...
with an ex-NBA squad against a North Korean team. (Jan. 8)
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SHOTLIST:AP Television - Clients OnlyPyongyang, North Korea 8 January 2014 1. Wide pan of Dennis Rodman, former NBA basketball player, walking onto basketball court 2. Mid of crowd 3. Mid of Rodman singing happy birthday to Kim Jong Un, North Korean leader 4. Various of match 5. SOUNDBITE (English) Dennis Rodman, former NBA basketball player: "I think this is a very historical day today for everyone around the world, to see that we can co-exist with each other, if we just take a deep breath, and absorb this, how we look at certain things, so I think that it went very well for everyone involved." 6. Mid of Rodman handing out medals to winning team 7. Wide of crowd 7. SOUNDBITE (English) Charles D. Smith, former NBA basketball player: "I questioned whether we were doing the right thing because of the media scrutiny. It was important to stand strong, and follow up and follow through, and, it all just worked out." 8. Various of teams on court after matchSCRIPT:(VOICE OVER)DENNIS RODMAN CONTINUES HIS FORM OF SO-CALLED "BASKETBALL DIPLOMACY" WITH NORTH KOREA.DURING THE WARM UP TO A GAME BETWEEN A SQUAD OF FORMER NBA ALL-STARS TEAM AND A TEAM FROM NORTH KOREA, RODMAN SANG "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" TO NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM JUNG UN.(UPSOUND: Rodman Singing with applause)RODMAN DEDICATED THE GAME TO HIS "BEST FRIEND" KIM.(SOUNDBITE: Dennis Rodman, former NBA basketball player:)"I think this is a very historical day today for everyone around the world, to see that we can co-exist with each other, if we just take a deep breath, and absorb this, how we look at certain things, so I think that it went very well for everyone involved."(VOICE OVER)TO KEEP THE GAME FRIENDLY, THE AMERICAN TEAM PLAYED AGAINST THE NORTH KOREANS FOR THE FIRST HALF.THE NORTH KOREAN TEAM SCORED 47 POINTS TO 39 FOR THE AMERICANS IN THE FIRST HALF.THE TWO TEAMS SPLIT UP AND MERGED FOR THE SECOND HALF.RODMAN ONLY PLAYED FOR THE FIRST HALF AND SAT NEXT TO KIM FOR THE SECOND HALF.OTHER NBA ALL-STARS WHO TRAVELED WITH RODMAN WERE CONCERNED ABOUT THE NEGATIVE REACTION THE NORTH KOREAN TRIPS RECEIVED BACK IN THE US.SOUNDBITE (English) Charles D. Smith, former NBA basketball player: "I questioned whether we were doing the right thing because of the media scrutiny. It was important to stand strong, and follow up and follow through, and, it all just worked out."(VOICE OVER)RODMAN HAS BEEN SLAMMED FOR NOT USING HIS INFLUENCE WITH KIM TO HELP FREE THE IMPRISONED AMERICAN KENNETH BAE, IN PRISON FOR ALLEGED "ANTI-STATE" CRIMES.OTHERS ARE CALLING THE TRIPS ILL-ADVISED BECAUSE OF THE NORTH KOREAN HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAMS.TOM RITCHIE, ASSOCIATED PRESS