Back in 2014, former Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls champion and Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman brought several of his NBA friends to North Korea to play in a basketball game in front of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
Kenny Anderson was one of the NBA legends invited to participate.
Appearing on the Scoop B Radio Podcast, we discussed the game and more.
Check out a snippet from our Q&A below:
Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson: I lectured a college course and I had them watch the movie The Interview. It detailed Kim Jong-Un. In 2014, you were named to the team assembled by Dennis Rodman as a basketball diplomacy effort in North Korea. Which you guys played an exhibition game against the North Korean Senior National Team celebrating the birthday of Kim Jong-Un. Million-dollar question. What is Kim Jong-Un like?
Kenny Anderson: Well I didn’t get a chance to know him, that’s Dennis’ partner. Dennis is really friends with him, and he got to know him and I just shook his hand and things of that nature. I really didn’t get a chance to get to know him so I can’t say anything about that but it was very interesting in the moment of going over there. I was doing a good friend Dennis Rodman an opportunity, I didn’t know but when I got over there, I thought we were going over to train them. When I got over there, I didn’t do my due diligence and I didn’t know and when I went over there it was just great. It was great to be a part of that situation, but I’m happy for myself that we was able to get outta there alive and nothing jumped off.
Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson: You talked about coming out alive, what was your family’s apprehension or your friends’ apprehension?
Kenny Anderson: My family was nervous. But it was too late, I was over there. So I had to just put up with it and everybody back home in the States were calling, I was calling – it was just crazy man. I remember when I got off the plane, everybody I ran to … my wife ran over to me, hugging me it was nuts man.
Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson: How did the fans receive you in North Korea?
Kenny Anderson: The fans were great. With all of us they gave us a great round of applause. It was just awesome. Well, they better have clapped [laughs] you know that! But they clapped for us though, it was great.