Dennis Rodman crooned a terrible version of "Happy Birthday" for Kim Jong Un on Wednesday prior to a controversial exhibition basketball game between former NBA stars and a group of North Korean players — even as the NBA Hall of Famer's critics continued to slam him for not lobbying the North Korean dictator to release an American held there for vague crimes against the state.
The 52-year-old Rodman opened the exhibition game pitting former NBA players against a North Korean squad with a dedication to his “best friend” Kim, who watched with his wife and other senior officials and their wives from a special seating area in the surreal setting.
Along with Rodman, the former NBA players included ex-All Stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson and Vin Baker. Also on the roster were Craig Hodges, Doug Christie, former New York Knick Charles D. Smith and four streetballers.
Rodman said he was honored to be able to play the game in the North Korean capital, and called the event “historic.”
To keep it friendly, the Americans played against the North Koreans in the first half, but split up and merged teams for the second half.