Jan 6, 2014
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Why Dennis Rodman's Trip to North Korea Is a Connecticut Story

Why Dennis Rodman's Trip to North Korea Is a Connecticut Story

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In an Associated Press photo published by the New Haven Register, Vin Baker of the Seattle SuperSonics signals No. 1 during an All Stars game for charity at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 20, 2000.

Dennis Rodman, the rebounding legend who played for the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls in the NBA, among other teams, is back in North Korea—and for this visit, the retired player who was controversial on and off the court, has brought along a contingent with Connecticut ties.

According to a variety of media reports on Rodman’s arrival Monday for a game to mark North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s birthday, this episode of Rodman’s “basketball diplomacy” includes at least two former NBA players with strong ties to Connecticut.

FOX Sports is reporting that a squad of a dozen former players accompanying Rodman includes Vin Baker, who came from Old Saybrook, and Cliff Robinson, who played for the University of Connecticut and made UConn's All-Century Team.

Baker’s eventual troubles were chronicled in a New Haven Register story, and his presence on Rodman’s trip was also noted on Twitter.

Robinson played forward for UConn from 1985 to 89, and was on the team when UConn won the National Invitational Tournament in 1988.

FOX Sports said Rodman and his squad arrived in the capital of North Korea, Pyongyang, from Beijing.

“It’s about trying to connect two countries together in the world, to let people know that, do you know what? Not every country in the world is that bad, especially North Korea,” Rodman told The Associated Press in an interview in Beijing before his flight to North Korea, according to FOX Sports.


Why Dennis Rodman's Trip to North Korea Is a Connecticut Story

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