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[NARRATOR] WELCOME TO NORTH KOREA,

THE WORLD'S MOST ISOLATED AND REPRESSIVE STATE,

A COUNTRY THAT'S ALWAYS BEEN ON THE OUTSIDE,

EVER SINCE ITS BIRTH AT THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR,

WHEN KOREA WAS TORN IN TWO.

THE SOVIET UNION HELPED TO ESTABLISH

A COMMUNIST STATE IN THE NORTH

AND INSTALLED KIM IL-SUNG AS LEADER.

KIM'S FAILED ATTEMPT TO CONQUER THE SOUTH DURING THE KOREAN WAR

LED TO A FOUR-KILOMETER-WIDE

BUFFER ZONE BEING BUILT BETWEEN THE TWO NATIONS --

THE MOST HEAVILY MILITARIZED BORDER ON THE PLANET.

TODAY, NORTH KOREA REMAINS AN ANOMALY,

CUT OFF BOTH POLITICALLY AND GEOGRAPHICALLY

FROM THE MODERN WORLD.

BUT ONE MAN IS ON A MISSION TO CHANGE ALL THAT --

WITH A BASKETBALL.

FOR THE FIRST TIME, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED

WHEN DENNIS RODMAN WENT TO NORTH KOREA

AND STAGED THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL SPORTING EVENT

THE WORLD HAS NEVER SEEN.

TO GET THIS STORY MOVING, LET'S REWIND TO SEPTEMBER 2013

AND A RATHER UNUSUAL NEWS CONFERENCE.

[SCOTT] WE'RE HERE TODAY FOR DENNIS RODMAN

TO MAKE A HISTORIC ANNOUNCEMENT FOLLOWING HIS RECENT VISIT

TO NORTH KOREA.

THE MINISTRY OF SPORTS OF THE D.P.R. OF KOREA INVITES

MR. DENNIS RODMAN AND HIS COLLEAGUES TO RETURN

TO D.P.R. KOREA TO ORGANIZE A BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT,

INCLUDING THE BEST PLAYERS FROM D.P.R.K.

AND A TEAM OF 12 FORMER NBA PLAYERS

TO BE HELD IN JANUARY 2014.

[NARRATOR] DENNIS RODMAN, NORTH KOREA, AND PADDY POWER?

NOW, THERE'S A COMBINATION YOU DON'T SEE EVERY DAY.

SO JUST WHAT HAD BROUGHT AN EX-NBA STAR,

THE WORLD'S MOST VILIFIED COUNTRY,

AND AN IRISH GAMBLING COMPANY TOGETHER?

[SIREN WAILS]

WELL, IT ALL STARTED A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO

WHEN DENNIS' AGENT RECEIVED AN UNEXPECTED PHONE CALL.

I WOULD SAY ABOUT AUGUST OF 2012,

I WAS CONTACTED BY AN EXECUTIVE AT VICE MEDIA,

AND HE SAID WOULD DENNIS CONSIDER

BEING PART OF A DOCUMENTARY FOR HBO

TO GO OVER AS THEIR FIGUREHEAD?

IT WAS MORE OF AN INFORMAL

BASKETBALL DIPLOMACY TYPE OF TRIP

WITH SOME HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS.

AND THEY SENT ME AN E-MAIL PICTURE OF KIM JONG-UN

IN I GUESS IT WAS MAYBE COLLEGE,

SHOOTING SOME BASKETS, WEARING A "91 RODMAN" BULLS JERSEY.

[NARRATOR] ACTUALLY, THE GUY IN THE PICTURE WAS KIM JONG-UN'S BROTHER.

THEY CALLED UP AND SAID, YOU KNOW,

WE WANT YOU TO GO TO NORTH KOREA AND DO A DOCUMENTARY

AND PLAY IN A GAME WITH THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS.

AND I THOUGHT IT WAS A JOKE. I SAID, "WELL, WHATEVER."

I'VE PLAYED WITH THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS A COUPLE TIMES.

NEXT THINK YOU KNOW, THE WORD GOT OUT THAT, YOU KNOW,

I'M GOING TO NORTH KOREA, THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN,

ALL THE NEGATIVITY STARTED TO COME OUT ABOUT NORTH KOREA,

HOW, YOU KNOW, THE COUNTRY'S BAD,

HOW THEY KIDNAP PEOPLE.

IT'S CRAZY, YOU KNOW, YOU NEVER COME BACK.

AND JUST ALL THESE DIFFERENT TYPE

OF WILD, WILD, ANIMATED STORIES.

SO I SAID, "IT DON'T REALLY MATTER TO ME.

I'VE BEEN TO WORSE. [CHUCKLES]

I'VE LOOKED DEATH IN THE FACE TOO MANY TIMES IN MY LIFE,

SO IT DOESN'T REALLY MATTER TO ME."

[NARRATOR] IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW,

FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS, DENNIS RODMAN BECAME

ONE OF THE GREATEST BASKETBALL PLAYERS

THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN.

THIS IS WHERE WE'D LIKE TO SHOW

SOME INCREDIBLE FOOTAGE OF DENNIS' PLAYING CAREER,

BUT, UNFORTUNATELY, THE NBA, WHICH OWNS ALL OF THE FOOTAGE,

HAS FLAT-OUT REFUSED TO TAKE PART IN THIS DOCUMENTARY --

SO WE CAN'T.

WHAT WE CAN SHOW YOU

IS SOME OF DENNIS' BARMY BEHAVIOR OFF THE COURT,

WHICH IS WHAT REALLY CAUGHT THE WORLD'S ATTENTION.

HIS HAIR, PIERCINGS, TATTOOS, AND KOOKY DRESS SENSE

MADE HIM A PRESS SENSATION.

AND THEN THERE WAS HIS FLING WITH MADONNA

AND HIS MARRIAGE, ALBEIT SWIFT, TO CARMEN ELECTRA.

AFTER HANGING UP HIS NIKES,

DENNIS CONTINUED TO BE THE MOST FLAMBOYANT,

IN-YOUR-FACE AMERICAN CELEBRITY AROUND.

SO YOU WOULDN'T HAVE THOUGHT THAT HE'D BE WELCOMED

IN A COUNTRY THAT BELIEVES IN ORDER, CONFORMITY,

AND LITTLE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.

SO WE WENT TO THE GAME.

THE GAME IS PACKED. IT'S FULL.

I'M SITTING ON THE BENCH, AND ALL OF A SUDDEN,

HE WALKS IN.

[LAUGHING] THIS LITTLE, SHORT GUY.

YOU KNOW, LIKE, WAIT A MINUTE. WHO IS THAT?

I SAID, "THAT MUST BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE COUNTRY."

AND HE WALKS IN, WITH HIM IS HIS WIFE

AND ALL HIS LEADERS AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

SO, ANYWAY, I WALKED DOWN THERE.

AND THAT'S BASICALLY HOW IT ALL HAPPENED.

ONCE THE GAME WAS OVER, WE GOT INVITED --

THE TEAM GOT INVITED TO HIS HOUSE --

WELL, NOT HIS HOUSE, HIS PALACE,

OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT -- FOR DINNER.

BEFORE I LEFT, ME AND HIM WERE SITTING THERE TALKING.

MAN, I SAID, "YOU KNOW, I'LL BE BACK AGAIN."

AND HE SAID, "I WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO COME BACK."

[NARRATOR] AND FOUR MONTHS LATER, DENNIS DID RETURN,

JUMPING ON AN ARMY HELICOPTER

TO THE MAN THEY CALL THE MARSHAL'S

EAST COAST HOLIDAY HOME.

ALONG FOR THE RIDE, HIS PERSONAL ASSISTANT, VO.

[VO] I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, I WAS THE ONLY ONE

IN THE OFFICE THAT, YOU KNOW, BACK HOME

THAT WAS REALLY WANTED, YOU KNOW, WANTED TO GO.

OTHER PEOPLE WERE NOT SURE AND, YOU KNOW, THEY'VE HEARD,

YOU KNOW, A LOT OF THINGS THROUGH THE MEDIA.

AND I WAS LIKE, YOU KNOW, "I'M GOING!"

[LAUGHS] YOU KNOW?

IF DENNIS CAN GO, DENNIS IS LIKE MY BROTHER,

I'M GOING.

I WANT TO BE THERE.

I WANT TO SEE WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT.

EVERYTHING IS JUST SO, LIKE,

JUST FIVE-STAR, SIX-STAR, SEVEN-STAR.

IT WAS JUST A GREAT DAY EVERY DAY, AND WE HAD SO MUCH --

THERE WAS SO MUCH ENTERTAINMENT, SO MUCH FUN,

JUST SO MUCH RELAXATION,

BECAUSE EVERYTHING WAS JUST SO -- SO PERFECT.

LAST TRIP HE WAS THERE, HE STOOD UP AND DID A TOAST

WITH THE WHOLE REGIME, KIM, AND HIS WIFE THERE.

AND HE'S LIKE, "MARSHAL,

YOUR FATHER AND YOUR GRANDFATHER DID SOME FUCKED-UP SHIT.

BUT, YOU, YOU'RE TRYING TO MAKE A CHANGE,

AND I LOVE YOU FOR THAT."

AND HE DID A TOAST,

AND DENNIS AND VO SAID

THEY THOUGHT EITHER THEY WERE GONNA BE DONE RIGHT THEN

OR THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT.

HE SAID KIM STOOD UP, FIVE-SECOND PAUSE,

AND HE RAISED THE GLASS AND SMILED

AND THEN STARTED CLAPPING.

AND HE'S LIKE, "AFTER THAT,

I KNEW I COULD GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING."

WHEN WE REALLY ACTUALLY TALKED, TALKED, TALKED,

I MEAN, WE REALLY, REALLY GOT REALLY CLOSE WITH EACH OTHER --

AS FAR AS, LIKE, AS A FRIENDSHIP, BOND-WISE.

[NARRATOR] WHILE THEY WERE KICKING BACK,

THE MARSHAL OPENED UP ABOUT DENNIS' PREVIOUS TRIP.

HE DIDN'T GET THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS.

HE DIDN'T GET THE FACT THAT

THAT'S WHAT THEY DO FOR A LIVING.

HE DIDN'T LIKE THE SHOW. HE TOLD ME RIGHT OFF THE BAT.

HE SAID, WELL, HE DIDN'T WANT THAT. HE HATED THAT.

HE JUST LAUGHED. I SAID, "YEAH, I FIGURED YOU HATED THAT ONE."

HE WANTED TO SEE A BASKETBALL GAME.

SO I THINK THAT'S WHERE THE IDEA OF US COMING TOGETHER,

SAYING, YOU KNOW,

"LET'S PUT ON A BASKETBALL GAME, A REAL GAME."

AND HIS INTERPRETER SAID, YOU KNOW,

"YOU KNOW HIS BIRTHDAY IS JANUARY 8TH, RIGHT?"

SO AUTOMATICALLY, I CLICKED IN QUICK.

I SAID, "WE'RE GONNA HAVE A GAME HERE IN JANUARY,

WHY NOT DO IT ON HIS BIRTHDAY?"

ON HIS BIRTHDAY.

SO I SAY, "SHIT, YOU KNOW, THAT WOULD BE PERFECT."

HE'S TELLING ME WHERE HE WAS.

HE GOES, "WELL, WE'VE BEEN ON A TROPICAL ISLAND.

IT'S LIKE HIS CAMP DAVID, BUT IT'S, YOU KNOW,

THIS GORGEOUS, REMOTE ISLAND.

AND WE WERE JET-SKIING AND EATING AND HANGING OUT.

I'M THE FIRST NON-NORTH KOREAN TO HOLD HIS BABY.

AND WE GOT PICTURES,

AND GUESS WHAT."

I SAID, "WHAT?"

"THE GAME'S HAPPENING JANUARY 8TH."

I HAD TEARS IN MY EYES. I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT.

I SAID, "YOU'VE GOT IT --"

I WAS THINKING, "YOU MEAN, NO ATTORNEY REVIEWED IT?"

HE GOES, "YOU THINK YOU NEED AN ATTORNEY WITH THESE PEOPLE?

WE DON'T NEED NO ATTORNEY."

[NARRATOR] DENNIS DID NEED ONE THING THOUGH -- MONEY.

PUTTING ON SUCH A BIG EVENT HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD

IS GOING TO REQUIRE A LOT OF IT.

BUT LUCKILY FOR DENNIS, IN A MOMENT OF PURE SERENDIPITY,

HE WAS ABOUT TO CROSS PATHS WITH THE PERFECT SPONSOR.

ONE OF THE BIGGEST GAMBLING COMPANIES

IN IRELAND AND THE U.K., PADDY POWER IS WELL KNOWN

FOR ITS HEADLINE-GRABBING MARKETING STRATEGIES,

AND IT WAS ONE OF ITS CHEEKIEST P.R. STUNTS YET

THAT LED TO IT FIRST MEETING DENNIS.

IT STARTED IN A VERY, VERY UNPRECEDENTED CIRCUMSTANCE.

IT WAS THE FIRST PAPAL RESIGNATION

IN THE PAST 600 YEARS.

WE SENT OUR PEOPLE OUT TO ROME.

WE WERE TAKING BETS ON WHO THE NEXT POPE WOULD BE.

WE WERE ALSO OFFERING A MONEY-BACK SPECIAL --

MONEY BACK IF THE NEXT POPE IS BLACK,

BECAUSE THE TWO FAVORITES WERE BLACK CARDINALS --

CARDINAL ARINZE AND CARDINAL TURKSON FROM GHANA.

SO IT LOOKED VERY LIKELY FROM A BETTING POINT OF VIEW

THAT THE NEXT POPE WOULD ACTUALLY BE BLACK.

THE TWO BIGGEST STORIES ON THAT PARTICULAR DAY

WERE PADDY POWER TAKING BETS ON WHO THE NEXT POPE WOULD BE

AND DENNIS RODMAN ON HIS FIRST TRIP OUT TO NORTH KOREA.

AND WE THOUGHT, IT COULD BE AN INTERESTING SYNERGY HERE

IF WE BRING THE TWO OF THEM TOGETHER.

AND, QUITE LITERALLY, 24 HOURS LATER,

DENNIS WAS ON A PLANE TO ROME TO HELP OUT RORY AND PADDY

IN VATICAN CITY.

[NARRATOR] IN ROME, DENNIS TOLD PADDY POWER

ABOUT HIS AGREEMENT TO KIM JUNG-UN

TO PUT ON A BASKETBALL GAME IN NORTH KOREA.

AND PADDY POWER JUMPED AT THE CHANCE TO GET INVOLVED.

[RODMAN] PADDY POWER CAME OUT OF THE BLUE AND SAID, "WE'LL DO IT."

YOU KNOW, THEY'RE ONE OF THOSE TYPE OF COMPANIES

WHERE THEY JUST -- THEY LOVE ENTERTAINMENT,

THEY LOVE EXCITEMENT, THEY LOVE INTRIGUING THINGS

THAT'S GONNA ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW, PUT THEM ON THE MAP.

[MAN] THE GAME IS PLANNED FOR JANUARY 8...

[NARRATOR] THAT BRINGS US UP TO THE NEWS CONFERENCE

WHEN THE GAME WAS REVEALED TO THE WORLD.

DENNIS HAS PAINTED THE TRIP AS A WAY TO BRIDGE THE GAP

BETWEEN NORTH KOREA AND THE UNITED STATES.

NOW, THAT MIGHT SOUND LIKE A PIPE DREAM,

BUT IT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED IN THE 1970S

WHEN A TEAM OF U.S. PING-PONG PLAYERS TRAVELED TO CHINA.

THE VISIT EASED TENSIONS BETWEEN THE TWO NATIONS,

AND TWO YEARS LATER, RICHARD NIXON PAID HIS OWN VISIT TO THE COMMUNIST STATE.

40 YEARS ON, COULD DENNIS PAVE THE WAY

FOR THE CURRENT U.S. GOVERNMENT TO VISIT NORTH KOREA?

IT WOULD BE A LONG-SHOT

GIVEN THE COUNTRY'S ROCKY RELATIONSHIP.

BUT AS RECENTLY AS 1994, THE UNITED STATES

AND NORTH KOREA WERE ON THE BRINK OF WAR,

AFTER FALLING OUT

OVER NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS.

BUT PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON -- EVER THE CHARMER --

SENT HIS PREDECESSOR JIMMY CARTER

ON A DIPLOMATIC MISSION,

AND KIM IL-SUNG AGREED

TO PUT NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR PLANS ON HOLD.

THAT ALL CHANGED IN THE EARLY YEARS OF THE 21ST CENTURY

WHEN NEW LEADER KIM JUNG-IL

PUT NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM BACK IN MOTION

AFTER PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH

TOOK A SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT APPROACH TO HIS PREDECESSOR

BY PUBLICLY NAMING NORTH KOREA,

ALONGSIDE IRAN AND IRAQ, IN AN...

AXIS OF EVIL.

[NARRATOR] THAT BRINGS US TO THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION

AND PRESIDENT OBAMA'S TACTIC OF STRATEGIC PATIENCE --

WHICH BASICALLY MEANS REFUSING TO SPEAK

TO THE THIRD GENERATION AND NEW LEADER KIM JUNG-UN

UNTIL NORTH KOREA AGREES TO DISARM.

OF COURSE, THAT MEANS DENNIS' WILLINGNESS

TO CONVERSE WITH NORTH KOREA FLIES IN THE FACE

OF THE U.S.A.'S CURRENT FOREIGN POLICY.

NO WONDER THE WHITE HOUSE IS KEEN TO DISTANCE ITSELF FROM HIS EFFORTS.

MR. RODMAN IS ON A PRIVATE TRIP.

AND OUR VIEWS ABOUT NORTH KOREA

AND ITS FAILURE TO MEET ITS OBLIGATIONS

HAVE NOT CHANGED,

AND OUR VIEWS ABOUT KENNETH BAE HAVE NOT CHANGED.

[NARRATOR] AH, YES, KENNETH BAE, AN EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN

WHO WAS ARRESTED IN 2012

WHILE LEADING A TOUR GROUP THROUGH NORTH KOREA.

HE WAS LATER CHARGED

WITH PLANNING TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT

AND SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS HARD LABOR.

IT'S YET ANOTHER CAUSE OF FRICTION,

AND DENNIS FINDS HIMSELF UNDER PRESSURE,

AS A PERSONAL FRIEND OF KIM JUNG-UN'S,

TO HELP PUSH FOR BAE'S RELEASE.

AND THEN IF THAT WASN'T ENOUGH FOR DENNIS TO CONTEND WITH,

JUST ONE DAY BEFORE HE'S DUE TO FLY OUT, THIS HAPPENS.

"DESPICABLE HUMAN SCUM WORSE THAN A DOG."

THAT'S HOW NORTH KOREAN STATE MEDIA

DESCRIBED THE ONCE-POWERFUL UNCLE.

[MAN] AN UNCLE OF NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM JUNG-UN

HAS BEEN EXECUTED FOR TRYING TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT.

REPORTS FROM NORTH KOREA TONIGHT

SAY THE SECOND-MOST-POWERFUL MAN IN THE COUNTRY

HAS BEEN EXECUTED.

JANG SUNG-THAEK, THE UNCLE OF THE COUNTRY'S LEADER

HAD ALREADY BEEN STRIPPED OF ALL HIS POWERS.

TODAY, A MILITARY TRIBUNAL ORDERED HIS EXECUTION

AFTER HE WAS FOUND GUILTY OF TREASON.

[NARRATOR] WHEN THE SHOCKING NEWS ABOUT JANG SONG-THAEK BREAKS,

DENNIS IS ENJOYING HIS LAST NIGHT OF REVELRY

IN HIS HOMETOWN OF MIAMI.

THE STORY HAS TURNED AN EVEN GREATER SPOTLIGHT ON HIS TRIP.

DOES DENNIS REALLY KNOW WHAT HE'S GETTING HIMSELF INTO?

[RODMAN] I'M DOING A REALLY, REALLY GOOD BASKETBALL GAME

IN THE WORLD, AND NO ONE'S EVER DONE THIS.

YOU KNOW, THEY GOT THEIR JAY-ZS, THEIR BEYONCéS, STUFF LIKE THAT.

NONE OF THESE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD

THAT'S WAY MORE FAMOUS THAN I AM ARE DOING WHAT I'M DOING.

[STAMMERS]

[SNIFFLES]

[CLEARS THROAT]

[VOICE BREAKING] I DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO SEE...

YOU KNOW, I GET DEATH THREATS --

I GET DEATH THREATS A LOT.

"WHY YOU DOING THIS, DENNIS? WHY YOU DOING THAT?

WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS, THIS, THAT?"

I'M NOT DOING SHIT.

I'M NOT DOING A GODDAMN THING.

ALL I'M DOING IS TRYING TO KEEP EVERYTHING TOGETHER.

AND SHOW PEOPLE THAT, HEY, GOD DAMN, MAN, COME ON.

WHAT AM I DOING?

AND IT'S LIKE,

"WELL, DON'T YOU KNOW THAT HE JUST KILLED HIS UNCLE,

CHOPPED HIS HEAD OFF?"

I SAID, "NO, I DIDN'T KNOW THAT. WHAT?"

"DID YOU KNOW HE KILLS PEOPLE A LOT."

"NO, I DIDN'T KNOW THAT."

DO WE IN AMERICA? YEAH!

[LAUGHING] WHAT?

WHY AM I DOING IT? WHY AM I TRYING TO CHANGE SHIT?

YOU KNOW, I'M NOT MARTIN LUTHER KING.

I'M NOT THIS BULLSHIT.

IF SOMEONE WILL SHOOT ME, PLEASE DO IT TODAY.

DO IT FUCKING TODAY, RIGHT NOW.

I'M RIGHT HERE. FUCK IT.

THAT'S WHAT I TELL PEOPLE.

I SAY, "MAN, I CAN'T SIT THERE AND SAY, 'HEY, YOU KNOW WHAT?

HEY, MARSHAL, CAN YOU LET THIS GUY FREE?

MM, REALLY?

HEY, GUY, CAN YOU DO THAT FOR ME?

CAN YOU DO ONE THING?

CAN I GO OVER AND GET HIM AND TAKE HIM BACK TO AMERICA

AND STUFF LIKE THAT?'"

BUT, LIKE...

THAT'S NOT MY JOB.

YOU KNOW, I'M JUST TRYING TO OPEN THE DOOR, THAT'S IT.

AND WHEN I SAY THAT PEOPLE DO ONE THING,

I WANT TO SAY --

SOMEONE'S KNOCKIN' AT THE DOOR

[SNAPPING] ♪ SOMEONE'S RINGIN' THE BELL

YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS.

SOMEONE'S KNOCKIN' AT THE DOOR

SOMEONE'S RINGIN' THE BELL

DO ME A FAVOR

OPEN THE DOOR

AND LET US IN

- SAY, "HI! HOW YOU DOING?" - HOW YOU DOING, MAN?

- HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY. - HAPPY HOLIDAY.

RUN UP AND GET A PICTURE OF ME THEN.

[NARRATOR] AND SO THE FOLLOWING DAY, IT'S A DEFIANT DENNIS

WHO SETS OUT FOR NORTH KOREA.

DESPITE THE NEGATIVE MEDIA REACTION,

NOT EVERYONE IS AGAINST HIM.

AND THAT INCLUDES THIS MAN, AMERICAN DANIEL PINKSTON,

AN EXPERT IN NORTH KOREAN POLITICS

WHO TURNED UP AT THE PADDY POWER NEWS CONFERENCE.

HE SUPPORTS DENNIS' TRIP AND BELIEVES HIS PRESENCE IN NORTH KOREA

COULD HAVE A POSITIVE EFFECT ON THE COUNTRY.

I WOULD ARGUE TO CHANGE POLICY, FIRST YOU HAVE TO CHANGE A MIND.

YOU HAVE TO HAVE SOME NEW THINKING,

YOU HAVE TO HAVE A DIFFERENT IDEA TO CHANGE THE POLICY.

SO IF THEY ARE NOT EXPOSED TO ANY OUTSIDE INFORMATION,

INCLUDING MEDIA OR ANY KIND OF NEWS INFORMATION --

BOOKS, ANY TYPE OF INFORMATION --

AND INCLUDING HUMAN, PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE EXCHANGES,

WHETHER IT'S STUDENTS, BASKETBALL PLAYERS,

OR ANYONE ELSE, IF WE CLOSE ALL OF THAT OFF

AND NORTH KOREA'S COMPLETELY SEALED SHUT,

HOW IS THAT GOING TO MAKE IT MORE LIKELY

FOR PEOPLE TO CHANGE THEIR MINDS, TO GET NEW IDEAS,

AND CHANGE THE POLICY?

SO I'M KIND OF PUZZLED

WHEN PEOPLE HAVE SUCH A STRONG EMOTIONAL REACTION

TO THIS TYPE OF PROJECT.

I DON'T SEE THE REASON OR RATIONALE BEHIND IT.

AND, YES, THE REGIME IS REPUGNANT.

I DON'T LIKE THE REGIME, RIGHT?

BUT BY ISOLATING THEM,

HOW IS IT GOING TO INCREASE THE LIKELIHOOD OF ANY CHANGE?

[NARRATOR] AFTER FINALLY WINNING THE SUPPORT OF SOMEONE

IN AN OFFICIAL CAPACITY, DENNIS ARRIVES IN BEIJING,

HIS LAST STOP EN ROUTE TO NORTH KOREA,

WHERE HE MEETS UP WITH THE REST OF HIS ENTOURAGE.

THERE'S HIS ASSISTANT, VO, RORY FROM PADDY POWER,

AND ANOTHER, MORE UNLIKELY, TRAVEL BUDDY,

A SCIENCE BUFF AND PROFESSOR, JOE,

WHO GOT INVOLVED THROUGH A SUITABLY BIZARRE ROUTE.

IT WAS A CHARITY AUCTION, AND I...

YOU KNOW, PUT DOWN A BID ON THE CHANCE TO MEET DENNIS

AFTER HIS FIRST TRIP TO KOREA,

BECAUSE I WAS GONNA BE SPENDING THE SUMMER IN KOREA

TEACHING HUMAN GENETICS, AND I JUST WANTED TO MEET HIM

BECAUSE I THOUGHT WHAT HE'S TRYING TO DO WITH SPORTS IS SIMILAR

TO WHAT I WAS TRYING TO DO WITH SCIENCE.

AND, YOU KNOW, I THINK SCIENCE, MUSIC, CULTURE, SPORTS

ARE ALL THINGS THAT ARE INNOCUOUS

WHERE YOU CAN BUILD RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN PEOPLE.

AND I TOLD HIM, YOU KNOW, IF THERE'S ANYTHING

I COULD DO TO HELP, ALL HE HAD TO DO WAS ASK.

I GET AN E-MAIL FROM THIS GUY, JOE.

HE'S A PROFESSOR, AND HE GOES TO NORTH KOREA

AND TEACHES ABOUT AMERICAN CULTURE.

AND HE'S GOT A FRIEND OF HIS, MICHAEL SPAVOR,

WHO, YOU KNOW, DOES THESE TOURS OF NORTH KOREA.

I'M LIKE, "THIS IS RIDICULOUS."

IT'S JUST, LIKE, WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

I'M LIKE, "JOE," I WAS LIKE,

"WE NEED YOU RIGHT NOW MORE THAN YOU NEED US."

I'M LIKE, "I DON'T KNOW WHO TO TRUST OUT THERE."

I'M LIKE, "CAN YOUR FRIEND POSSIBLY -- BRING HIM."

AND HE GOES, "OH, ABSOLUTELY.

WE'D LOVE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THAT."

HE GOES, "AND I'LL TELL YOU WHAT."

HE GOES, "WE'LL HELP ARRANGE IT

AS LONG AS WE CAN GO AND BE A PART OF IT."

[NARRATOR] AND SO THIS RATHER CURIOUS BAND OF CHARACTERS

SETS OFF ON THE FINAL LEG OF ITS JOURNEY --

A THREE-HOUR HOP OVER THE IRON CURTAIN

INTO NORTH KOREA.

[WOMAN SPEAKING KOREAN OVER P.A.]

[TERWILLIGER] DENNIS ASKED ME LAST NIGHT,

YOU KNOW, HE GOES, "WHY ARE YOU ON BOARD?

WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?"

AND I SAID, "I'M DOING THIS BECAUSE, FIRST OF ALL,

OVER THE MANY TIMES THAT I'VE BEEN TO KOREA,

I'VE GROWN TO JUST LOVE BEING HERE.

I LIKE THE PEOPLE. THE PEOPLE ARE EXCELLENT.

THE FOOD'S GREAT.

IT'S JUST A WONDERFUL PLACE TO VISIT.

AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE CHANCE OF TRYING TO HELP BRIDGE

THIS GAP THAT WE HAVE BETWEEN WHAT AMERICANS THINK ABOUT KOREA

AND WHAT KOREANS THINK ABOUT AMERICA."

AND AMERICANS DON'T HAVE AN ACCURATE PERCEPTION

OF WHAT THINGS ARE LIKE HERE,

UNDERSTANDABLY SO, BECAUSE THEY DON'T GET

ANY ACCURATE COVERAGE OF WHAT THE SITUATION IS.

THEY DON'T KNOW, YOU KNOW?

AND I TRY TO TELL PEOPLE WHAT I SEE HERE, MY EXPERIENCES.

I'VE ALWAYS THOUGHT THE KOREAN PEOPLE

ARE SO FRIENDLY AND WARM AND INVITING,

EVEN IF I AM A U.S. IMPERIALIST BASTARD,

THEY'RE STILL NICE TO ME. [LAUGHS]

AND ALWAYS FRIENDLY, AND THEY'RE ALWAYS WARM.

[SPEAKING KOREAN]

REALLY NICE TO MEET YOU.

HOW YOU DOING?

THERE HE IS.

BACK HOME AGAIN.

[SPEAKS KOREAN]

GOOD TO SEE YOU, BUDDY.

OH!

[NARRATOR] ONCE AGAIN, DENNIS HAS ARRIVED ON NORTH KOREAN SOIL.

AND AFTER SETTLING IN HIS HOTEL,

HE'S TAKEN STRAIGHT TO AN 18-COURSE WELCOME DINNER

WITH THE NORTH KOREAN SPORTS MINISTER.

HE'S TOLD THAT KIM JUNG-UN IS TOO BUSY TO ATTEND,

WHICH IS NO SURPRISE

SEEING AS HE'S JUST PURGED HIS UNCLE.

IN THE MARSHAL'S ABSENCE,

PLANS ARE MADE FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

AND FOR THE GOOD HEALTH

OF OUR DEAR, RESPECTED MARSHAL, KIM JONG-UN,

THE LEADER OF OUR PARTY AND PEOPLE.

AND FOR THE GOOD HEALTH OF MR. DENNIS RODMAN

AND ALL THE PARTY MEMBERS HERE,

I WOULD LIKE TO PROPOSE A TOAST.

IT'S A RELAXED FIRST EVENING.

BUT TOMORROW, IT'S DOWN TO BUSINESS.

THE NEXT MORNING, DENNIS IS UP EARLY AND READY FOR ACTION.

THE JANUARY GAME IS JUST A FEW WEEKS AWAY,

AND DENNIS IS IN A RACE TO GET EVERYTHING READY IN TIME.

HIS FIRST STOP IS THE STADIUM

WHERE THE HISTORIC MATCH-UP WILL TAKE PLACE.

[APPLAUSE]

WAITING FOR DENNIS IS A SELECT GROUP

OF NORTH KOREA'S BEST BASKETBALL PLAYERS.

IT'S NOW DOWN TO DENNIS TO PICK THE VERY BEST

FOR THE FINAL NORTH KOREAN TEAM

THAT WILL FACE OFF AGAINST THE AMERICANS ON JANUARY 8TH.

- THESE ARE TWO TEAMS? - YES.

LET'S PLAY AGAINST ONE IN A GAME SO I CAN SEE 'EM.

[ALL GRUNT IN UNISON]

[NARRATOR] SO HOW GOOD ARE THE NORTH KOREAN PLAYERS?

WELL, BETTER THAN YOU MIGHT THINK.

DUE TO THE COUNTRY'S ISOLATION,

THEY WON'T BE MAKING WAVES

ON THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE ANY TIME SOON.

BUT IN QUASI-COMMUNIST STATES LIKE NORTH KOREA,

ATHLETES AND NATIONAL SPORTS TEAMS ARE IMPORTANT COGS

IN THE STATE PROPAGANDA MACHINE --

LAUDED BY THE LEADER TO PROVE WHAT A GOOD JOB HE'S DOING

AND HOW POWERFUL A NATION HE'S CREATED.

OH, THERE YOU GO. ALL RIGHT. NICE.

LOOK AT HIM, RIGHT?

[WHISTLES] YOU. YOU.

OH, THEY'RE MOVING NOW. NOW THEY'RE MOVING.

AND NOW THEY'RE MOVING.

BASKETBALL JUST HAPPENS TO BE

KIM JUNG-UN'S FAVORITE SPORT, TOO, SO A LOT OF TIME AND MONEY

HAS BEEN PUT INTO DEVELOPING YOUNG TALENT.

[SCOTT] I TELL YOU, THESE NBA FOLK

HAVE GOT THEIR WORK CUT OUT, I THINK.

SOME OF THEM ARE GONNA BE A LITTLE BIT PUDGY

AND A LITTLE BIT SLOW, AND THESE GUYS ARE VERY NIMBLE AND QUICK.

IT'S GONNA BE INTERESTING. IT'S GONNA BE INTERESTING.

- BUT THE NBA GUYS ARE TALLER. [CHUCKLES] - YEAH.

LET'S LINE 'EM UP.

[SPEAKS KOREAN]

[RODMAN] SO, BASICALLY, WHAT I'M DOING,

I'M PICKING 12 OF THE BEST PLAYERS HERE

TO PLAY AGAINST THE NBA ALL-STARS.

[CALLING NAMES]

MAKE SURE THEY'RE NOT DISAPPOINTED

BECAUSE I DIDN'T PICK THEM,

JUST BECAUSE THEY'RE, YOU KNOW...

IT'S GONNA BE AN AWESOME FEELING, MAN,

'CAUSE YOU GUYS NEVER PLAYED IN FRONT OF PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES,

AND THESE GUYS ARE VERY GOOD THAT I'M BRINGING OVER.

THEY'RE VERY GOOD.

[NARRATOR] OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS,

DENNIS IS KEPT BUSY

WHIPPING THE NORTH KOREAN TEAM INTO SHAPE,

SHARING ALL THE KNOW-HOW HE'S BUILT UP

OVER A DECADE AT THE TOP OF THE GAME.

THEY MIGHT NOT BE GOOD ENOUGH TO MAKE IT IN THE NBA,

BUT, BOY, CAN THEY SHOOT.

[UPBEAT KOREAN MUSIC PLAYS]

GO, GO, GO, GO, GO, GO, GO, GO, GO, GO, GO, GO!

DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE!

OH!

THERE YOU GO. THERE YOU GO.

COME ON! YOU GOT TO MAKE IT.

OH! COME ON, COME ON, COME ON, COME ON!

DON'T LOOK SO DAMN HAPPY. [LAUGHS]

[APPLAUSE]

THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT, GUYS.

ALL RIGHT, GUYS. THANK YOU.

[NARRATOR] WITH THE TRAINING COMPLETE,

DENNIS HAS SEEN FIRSTHAND

HOW NORTH KOREA'S INVESTMENT IN BASKETBALL

IS STARTING TO BEAR FRUIT.

THE NORTH KOREAN OFFICIALS ARE KEEN TO SHOW HIM

MORE OF THE SAME,

AND BEFORE HE CAN CATCH HIS BREATH, HE'S TAKEN

ON A SPECIALLY ORGANIZED SPORTS TOUR OF PYONGYANG.

[UPBEAT KOREAN MUSIC PLAYS]

DO YOU GUYS PRACTICE LIKE THIS EVERY DAY?

[NARRATOR] DENNIS AND HIS ENTOURAGE ARE TAXIED AROUND THE CAPITAL

FROM ONE SITE TO ANOTHER.

FOLLOWING HIM WHEREVER HE GOES IS A CAMERA CREW

FROM THE STATE-RUN TELEVISION STATION.

IT'S A BIG SCOOP HAVING

SUCH A HIGH-PROFILE CELEBRITY IN THE COUNTRY,

AND THEY FULLY INTEND TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE OPPORTUNITY.

AND THE NORTH KOREAN OFFICIALS CAN'T RESIST SLIPPING IN A VISIT

TO A WAR MUSEUM FULL OF CAPTURED AMERICAN AIRCRAFT.

LUCKILY, THAT DOESN'T OVERLY DAMPEN THE GROUP'S SPIRITS.

IT WAS -- IT WAS SURREAL. IT WAS EXTRAORDINARY.

IT WAS -- YOU KNOW, THE COLD WAS, YOU KNOW,

THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE -- MINUS 10, MINUS 12.

CLEAR BLUE SKIES, VERY BEAUTIFUL.

I THINK IT'S THE NEAREST THING YOU CAN KIND OF LIKEN IT TO

IS A REAL-LIFE "TRUMAN SHOW."

YOU KNOW YOU'RE BEING WATCHED THE WHOLE MOMENT.

YOU CAN'T, YOU KNOW, MOVE AROUND ON YOUR OWN AUTONOMY,

YOU CAN'T LEAVE THE HOTEL WITHOUT YOUR MINDERS.

YOU'RE TOLD WHAT YOU CAN FILM,

YOU'RE TOLD WHO YOU CAN SPEAK TO.

BUT THE PEOPLE WERE LOVELY. THEY TREATED US VERY WELL.

[NARRATOR] WHAT DENNIS PROBABLY DOESN'T SUSPECT

IS THAT HE'S BEEN USED FOR A SPOT OF PROPAGANDA

TO COUNTER THE IMAGE OF PYONGYANG

AS A DOUR, DEPRESSED PLACE

AND TO SHOW OFF THE BEST OF IT TO EVERYONE BACK HOME.

OUR MAN DANIEL PINKSTON HAS HIS OWN VIEWS ON THAT.

I'VE BEEN TO NORTH KOREA FIVE TIMES.

THE POLITICAL PROMOTION AND PROPAGANDA,

AND THAT'S TRUE, AND THAT'S REAL.

BUT THERE'S ALSO JUST A HUMAN SIDE TO THAT AS WELL, RIGHT?

SOMEONE, THEIR HOMETOWN IS PARIS,

AND SOMEONE COMES FROM VIETNAM, THEY COME TO PARIS,

YOU'RE GONNA SHOW THEM THE LOUVRE AND THE EIFFEL TOWER.

THEY'RE GONNA SHOW THEM NICE THINGS,

NOT SAY, "WELL, LET ME GO FIND THE WORST PLACE IN PARIS."

YOU KNOW, ANYBODY'S GONNA DO THAT.

SO THERE'S, YES, THEY WANT -- THERE IS THE ELEMENT

THAT THEY WANT TO MANIPULATE FOR THE PROPAGANDA VALUE.

YES, THAT'S TRUE,

BUT THERE'S ALSO A BIG PART OF IT THAT'S JUST HUMAN NATURE.

[NARRATOR] THE LAST STOP OF THE TOUR IS A NEW SPORTS COMPLEX

WHERE DENNIS IS ASKED TO SHOOT A FEW BASKETS FOR THE CAMERAS.

DENNIS WAS A REBOUNDER, NOT A SHOOTER,

BUT EVEN SO, HE MIGHT NEED TO DUST OFF A FEW COBWEBS

BEFORE THE BIG GAME.

I CAN'T SHOOT. I CAN'T SHOOT.

GIVE ME A BALL. I CAN'T SHOOT.

SHIT!

THAT WAS LIKE -- I'M TIRED.

I CAN'T -- I DON'T KNOW. I CAN'T SHOOT THE DAMN BALL.

[LAUGHTER]

SHIT!

OH, MY GOD!

OH, COME ON!

[LAUGHTER]

AH!

[APPLAUSE]

FINALLY.

[NARRATOR] IT'S JUST A FEW DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS,

AND IT'S TIME FOR DENNIS AND HIS ENTOURAGE TO HEAD HOME

TO SPEND SOME QUALITY TIME WITH THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES.

AS A NATION, NORTH KOREA DOESN'T FOLLOW

ANY TRADITIONAL SORT OF RELIGION,

AND THEY CERTAINLY DON'T CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS.

BUT WAS DENNIS DISAPPOINTED THAT HIS FRIEND KIM JONG-UN

HADN'T GOTTEN INTO THE SPIRIT AND STOPPED BY FOR A VISIT?

MERRY CHRISTMAS. HAPPY NEW YEAR.

I'M NOT JUST COMING OVER HERE TO MEET THEIR LEADER,

THE MARSHAL.

I CAME OVER HERE TO MEET THE BASKETBALL TEAM,

TO PREPARE A GREAT GAME FOR THE LEADER FOR HIS BIRTHDAY.

AND PEOPLE WILL NEED TO UNDERSTAND

THAT IT WAS JUST NOT IMPORTANT FOR ME

TO MEET HIM EVERY TIME I COME OVER,

BECAUSE HE HAS ANOTHER GREATER JOB TO DO FOR HIS COUNTRY.

[LAUGHS]

[NARRATOR] SO DENNIS REMAINS UPBEAT,

AND WITH THE FIRST PART OF THE TRIP

SUCCESSFULLY UNDER HIS BELT, HE ARRIVES BACK IN BEIJING.

BUT WHAT DENNIS DOESN'T KNOW IS THAT WHILE HE'S BEEN AWAY,

INTERNATIONAL INTEREST IN THE GAME HAS ERUPTED

AND THE WORLD MEDIA IS WAITING FOR HIM.

SILENT NIGHT

HOLY NIGHT

ALL IS CALM

ALL IS BRIGHT

ROUND YON VIRGIN

MOTHER AND CHILD

HOLY INFANT

HEY, DENNIS, ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED?

ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED THAT YOU DIDN'T MEET KIM JONG-UN?

[SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY]

SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE

SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE

SILENT NIGHT

HOLY NIGHT

ALL IS CALM

ALL IS BRIGHT

ROUND YON VIRGIN

MOTHER AND CHILD

HOLY INFANT

SO TENDER AND MILD

SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE

[NARRATOR] OVER THE CHRISTMAS BREAK,

THE AMOUNT OF NEGATIVE PRESS SURROUNDING THE GAME

MOUNTS AND MOUNTS.

DENNIS, THE FOCAL POINT OF THE MEDIA'S ANGER.

AND DENNIS LEARNS THAT AS A RESULT,

NOT EVERYBODY WILL BE JOINING HIM

ON THE RETURN JOURNEY TO PYONGYANG

IN A FORTNIGHT'S TIME.

EVERYTHING CHANGED BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

OUR COLLECTIVE VIEW IN TERMS OF OUR PARTICIPATION IN THE PROJECT

CHANGED BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

AND THAT HAD, OBVIOUSLY, TO DO WITH THE PURGE.

NORTH KOREA WAS SUDDENLY THE SUBJECT

OF INTENSE, INTENSE INTERNATIONAL SCRUTINY.

[MAN] "DRAMATIC STATEMENT THAT KIM JONG-UN

INTENDS TO BE RUTHLESS."

FEARS OF A NEW INSTABILITY IN NORTH KOREA.

KIM JONG-UN IS BASICALLY TELLING THE ELITE IN PYONGYANG,

"IF YOU'RE DISLOYAL TO ME, YOU WILL BE EXECUTED."

THAT MADE US REASSESS EXACTLY WHAT WE WERE DOING.

AND THAT LED US TO A POSITION

THAT WE WERE NO LONGER COMFORTABLE

BEING ASSOCIATED WITH THE EVENT.

[NARRATOR] PADDY POWER HAS PULLED OUT,

WHICH AT FIRST GLANCE, WAS SEEN TO BE A MASSIVE BLOW FOR DENNIS.

WITHOUT THEM, HIS PROJECT WOULD NEVER HAVE GOTTEN OFF THE GROUND.

AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN FUN TO WATCH

A SELF-PROMOTING GAMBLING COMPANY

HANGING OUT IN A COUNTRY

WHERE BOTH ADVERTISING AND GAMBLING ARE ILLEGAL.

BUT WHEN DENNIS ARRIVES BACK IN BEIJING,

HE DOESN'T SEEM TOO CONCERNED.

NOW PADDY POWER ARE NOT AROUND,

THIS IS SOLELY THE DENNIS RODMAN SHOW.

NO WONDER HE SEEMS UPBEAT AS HE MEETS

HIS FELLOW AMERICAN BASKETBALL PLAYERS

WHO'VE SIGNED UP FOR THE MATCH.

CLIFF ROBINSON. I PLAYED 18 YEARS IN THE NBA.

THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME FOR ME.

DOUG CHRISTIE, PLAYED IN THE NBA FOR 14 YEARS,

FROM LOS ANGELES VIA SEATTLE, WASHINGTON.

KENNY ANDERSON. PLAYED 14 YEARS IN THE NBA.

COACH HIGH SCHOOL BALL NOW IN FLORIDA.

THE NUMBER-ONE DUNKER IN THE WORLD...

[CHEERING]

MY NAME IS GUY DUPREE.

I'M FROM PARIS, FRANCE, LIVE IN FORT MYERS, FLORIDA.

I'M 26 YEARS OLD, PLAY IN THE EUROLEAGUE.

VIN BAKER. PLAYED 13 YEARS IN THE NBA.

CURRENTLY FINISHING HALFWAY THROUGH MY MASTERS PROGRAM

AT UNION SEMINARY IN NEW YORK.

NAME'S ANDRE POOL,

ALSO KNOWN AS SILK, YOU KNOW, TO THE STREET BALL WORLD.

MY NAME IS ANTOINE SCOTT FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

I GRADUATED FROM WAKE FOREST.

[NARRATOR] ONE KEY MEMBER OF THE SQUAD

IS THE FORMER NEW YORK KNICKS POWER FORWARD CHARLES SMITH.

SINCE LEAVING THE NBA, HE'S CARVED OUT A CAREER

STAGING EXHIBITION GAMES AROUND THE WORLD.

WE'RE THE FIRST U.S. TEAM TO STEP ON NORTH KOREA'S SOIL

AND HAVE A GAME AGAINST THEIR NATIONAL TEAM.

THAT'S A FACT.

WE, FROM THIS POINT ON,

WE ARE GOING TO -- EVERYBODY IN THIS ROOM

IS GOING TO BE BONDED

FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES IN A HISTORICAL, EPIC EVENT.

YOU KNOW, ANYWAY, GUYS, IT'S AMAZING, GUYS.

THANK YOU GUYS FOR DOING THIS.

YOU KNOW, LIKE I SAID, IT'S NOT FOR ME.

THIS IS BASICALLY A GAME, PRETTY MUCH, FOR THE WORLD.

AND THE ONE THING THAT I'M VERY FORTUNATE --

I'M VERY FORTUNATE IN THE FACT THAT I ACTUALLY

HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE IN THEIR COUNTRY,

AND THE MARSHAL ACTUALLY LIKES ME.

AND I'M NOT TRYING TO BE A POLITICIAN.

I'M NOT TRYING TO BE THIS, YOU KNOW, THIS WORLD LEADER,

TO TRY TO, YOU KNOW, RESCUE PEOPLE AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

THIS IS ALL ABOUT SPORTS.

THIS IS ALL ABOUT SPORTS.

THIS AIN'T NOTHING ELSE BESIDES THAT.

AND WHEN THE MEDIA ASKS YOU GUYS ANYTHING -- BECAUSE IT'S COMING.

WHEN WE GO TO THE AIRPORT, YOU'RE GONNA SEE IT.

IT'S GONNA BE A FUCKING MOTHERFUCKER.

SO WHEN SOMEBODY ASKS YOU QUESTIONS,

JUST KEEP IT BLAND AS HELL.

YOU KNOW, "WE'RE JUST GOING TO PLAY A GAME.

PLAY A GAME, IT'S ALL ABOUT SPORTS."

KEEP IT NATURAL AND COOL.

THEY NEED SOMETHING. THEY'RE LIKE VULTURES.

THEY GOT TO HAVE SOMETHING.

AND THEY'RE COMING TO GET SOMETHING.

AND OUR JOB IS NOT TO GIVE THEM ANYTHING.

I GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE

IT'S BEEN DRAGGING ME DOWN FOR TOO LONG

AND NO ONE SAID IT WAS EASY

BUT I GOTTA GO THINKING ON MY OWN

I'M A MAN WITH A PLAN

AND YOU GOT ME WRITHING INSIDE

LOADED UP AND READY TO GO

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH

IF YOU GET ONE CHANCE

YOU GOTTA TAKE IT

AND IF YOU GET ONE SHOT

YOU GOTTA MAKE IT

OOH, OOH, OOH

- ♪ OOH, OOH, OOH ♪ - ♪ GOT NO TIME FOR U-TURNS

WATCHING MY DREAMS BURN

IF IT ALL COMES DOWN TO BEING A CLOWN

YOU GOTTA BELIEVE ME THAT... ♪

[NARRATOR] SO DENNIS' PALS ARE HERE AND FOR HIS FOURTH TIME,

HE'S ON A FLIGHT TO PYONGYANG.

ON THE SURFACE, IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYTHING IS BACK ON TRACK --

APART FROM ONE VERY SIGNIFICANT THING.

DESPITE DENNIS APPEARING TO BE IN GOOD SPIRITS,

THE CHRISTMAS BREAK WAS A REALLY STRESSFUL TIME.

HE GOT A HAMMERING IN THE PRESS,

AND HE WAS HOUNDED WHEREVER HE WENT,

WHICH LED TO A NUMBER OF PAINFUL FAMILY ISSUES.

TO COPE WITH THE ADDED STRESS,

DENNIS HAS STARTED DRINKING -- A LOT.

HE'S BATTLED ALCOHOLISM FOR MUCH OF HIS ADULT LIFE,

AND WITH THE GAME JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS AWAY,

IT'S NOT THE BEST OF TIMES TO BE FALLING OFF THE WAGON.

[LAUGHS]

AW, COME ON! [LAUGHS]

OOH

OOH, OOH

BEEN RUNNING AWAY FOR SO LONG

THAT I DON'T KNOW WHERE I'M GOING TO

DON'T LOOK BACK ANYMORE

♪ 'CAUSE SOME DAY I'M GONNA FIND THE TRUTH

[LAUGHS]

WE GOT TO GO. WE GOT TO GO.

I'M A MAN WITH A PLAN

AND YOU GOT ME WRITHING INSIDE

LOADED UP AND READY TO GO

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH

IF YOU GET ONE CHANCE

YOU GOTTA TAKE IT

AND IF YOU GET ONE SHOT

YOU GOTTA MAKE IT

NEW YORK CITY, NORTH KOREA!

THIS IS WILD!

IF YOU GET ONE CHANCE

IF YOU GET ONE SHOT

[NARRATOR] THE AMERICAN TEAM MAKES A SHORT STOP-OFF AT THE KORYO HOTEL.

SO WHAT ARE THE FIRST THOUGHTS?

EXCITED FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS.

GO TO A NICE DINNER TONIGHT.

AND WE'RE REALLY ENJOYING IT SO FAR. HAVING A GREAT TIME.

I GUESS IT'S A CULTURE SHOCK IN A LOT OF WAYS.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVEN'T EXPERIENCED.

I MEAN, I HAVEN'T PERSONALLY.

I'VE BEEN TO A FEW COUNTRIES, BUT THIS ONE IS DIFFERENT.

SO TONIGHT WILL BE AN INTERESTING EXPERIENCE

TO SEE DINNER.

OBVIOUSLY, DENNIS WILL BE ENTERTAINING.

[LAUGHTER]

[NARRATOR] AS DOUG MENTIONS, THEY'RE OFF

TO A FANCY GALA DINNER THAT'S BEEN HELD IN THE PLAYERS' HONOR.

IN ATTENDANCE, A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT DIGNITARIES

AND PERSONAL FRIENDS OF KIM JONG-UN.

HEY, GUYS.

HEY, GUYS.

LOOKIT -- ALL THIS SHIT.

DENNIS, WHO HAS CONTINUED DRINKING SINCE THE FLIGHT,

GETS THINGS OFF TO AN INTERESTING START

BY HOLDING THE SPORTS MINISTER'S HAND

AS THEY WALK INTO THE ROOM.

[SPEAKING KOREAN]

I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY THANKS TO MR. DENNIS RODMAN

FOR A CIVIL VISIT TO OUR COUNTRY.

THE RESPLENDENT MARSHAL, KIM JONG-UN,

HAS PAID A DEEP ATTENTION

TO THE VISIT OF MR. RODMAN AND HIS GROUP.

I PROPOSE A TOAST.

AFTER A WARM WELCOME FROM THE NORTH KOREANS,

IT'S NOW TIME FOR DENNIS, AS THE GUEST OF HONOR,

TO DELIVER HIS OWN MOMENTOUS SPEECH.

[WHISTLES]

I JUST WANT TO THANK --

IN THE NAVY

[STAMMERS]

I'M SO SORRY. ANYWAY, UM...

I WANT TO THANK ALL MY GUYS HERE FROM AMERICA,

FORMER NBA PLAYERS, FOR COMING HERE.

IT'S VERY -- IT'S AN HONOR TO DO WHAT WE'RE DOING.

[INTERPRETER SPEAKING KOREAN]

OH, HERE WE GO AGAIN WITH THE TOASTING.

GOD DAMN IT, YOU GOT TO TOAST, GUYS.

GOT TO TOAST. IT'S EVERY TWO MINUTES.

I TOLD YOU, IT'S EVERY TWO MINUTES.

JESUS CHRIST!

HEY, VIN BAKER, YOU WANT TO TALK?

THIS IS A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY FOR US, AS FORMER NBA PLAYERS,

TO BRING BASKETBALL HERE TO YOUR COUNTRY.

AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY.

AND WE HOPE THAT THIS IS SOMETHING SPECIAL

THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME

FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES AS WELL.

SO WHATEVER WE'VE HEARD ABOUT NORTH KOREA IS IN THE PAST.

WE ARE HERE FOR OUR EYES TO SEE.

WE ARE HERE BECAUSE WE WANTED TO BE HERE.

WE ARE HERE AT YOUR INVITATION.

AND WE ARE LOOKING VERY FORWARD TO PLAYING THE MATCH

AGAINST THE NORTH KOREA SENIOR TEAM,

AND I THINK IT'S GONNA BE GREAT ENTERTAINMENT.

[SPEAKING KOREAN]

[APPLAUSE]

HEY, BILL, YOU DO IT!

[SPEAKS KOREAN]

YEAH, I KNOW. [LAUGHS]

[LAUGHS] ALL RIGHT.

[WOMAN SINGING IN KOREAN]

[NARRATOR] NOW THAT THE FORMALITIES

ARE OUT OF THE WAY, THE NIGHT CAN BEGIN,

WITH DENNIS, AS EVER, THE LIFE AND SOUL OF THE PARTY.

[SPEAKING KOREAN]

[RODMAN] HEY, GUYS, WATCH THIS BULLSHIT!

AH!

[SCATTERED APPLAUSE]

HERE WE GO, HERE WE GO, HERE WE GO!

WATCH THIS.

[BOTH SINGING IN KOREAN]

[CROWD CLAPPING RHYTHMICALLY]

AH!

HERE'S ONE. FUCK IT.

I AIN'T HAD NO SANTERIA

I AIN'T HAVE NO CRYSTAL BALL

I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS AND I -- ♪

OKAY. THERE YOU GO. I'M SORRY ABOUT THIS.

[LAUGHS]

I LIVE... ♪

THE LIFE THAT'S FULL

TOO FULL

TOO FULL TO MENTION

YEAH, OH, MY GOD!

[LAUGHS]

[NARRATOR] DENNIS GETS MORE UNRULY AS THE EVENING WEARS ON,

BUT NO ONE SEEMS PARTICULARLY CONCERNED,

NOT EVEN THE NORTH KOREAN DIGNITARIES.

[SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY]

JUST ASK FOR ANY LIQUOR YOU WANT,

THEY'LL BRING A BOTTLE OVER HERE.

[NARRATOR] BUT THAT ALL CHANGES WHEN DENNIS GETS INTO A CONVERSATION

WITH MATT COOPER, AN IRISH JOURNALIST

TRAVELING WITH THE GROUP

WHO INTENDS TO WRITE A BOOK ABOUT DENNIS' TRIP.

DENNIS KNEW ALL ABOUT COOPER'S PLANS,

BUT ALL OF A SUDDEN, HE'S NOT HAPPY.

[RODMAN] NO, NO, WALK!

WHY?

AND BECAUSE WHAT?

ARE YOU BANKING ON SOMETHING?

[SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY]

DO I NEED YOU? OH, HELL NO!

WRITE YOUR BOOK NOW, SISSY!

KNOW EVERYTHING, RIGHT?

LET HIM TELL YOU WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON.

NO BOOK! NO BOOK!

[YELLING INDISTINCTLY]

OVER A BOOK ABOUT NORTH KOREA?

SHOW ME NORTH KOREA!

SHOW ME! SHOW ME!

SHOW ME!

[MUSIC STOPS]

SHOW ME!

HATE THIS SHIT!

NO!

IT AIN'T ABOUT THE MONEY!

IT'S DO ONE THING -- TRYING TO HELP PEOPLE!

THAT'S IT!

[NARRATOR] THE ATMOSPHERE IN THE ROOM IS PAINFUL FOR EVERYONE,

AND DESPITE IT BEING ALL SMILES AT THE END OF THE NIGHT,

WHAT WILL KIM JONG-UN THINK WHEN WORD GETS BACK TO HIM?

STUPID ASS.

[SMOOCHES]

[NARRATOR] SO THE NEXT MORNING, IT'S BACK TO BUSINESS,

AND DENNIS IS ON HIS WAY TO THE STADIUM

TO RUN A JOINT TRAINING SESSION WITH BOTH THE AMERICAN

AND NORTH KOREAN BASKETBALL TEAMS.

IT'S A MOMENTOUS OCCASION

AS IT'S THE FIRST TIME THAT THE TWO SIDES HAVE MET.

AND THE SESSION IS THEIR ONLY CHANCE TO SIZE EACH OTHER UP

BEFORE TOMORROW'S BIG GAME.

BUT EVEN THOUGH IT'S ONLY 10:00 A.M.,

DENNIS HAS ALREADY STARTED DRINKING.

THAT'S BADASS VODKA. SHIT.

OH, HEY. WHO THE FUCK IS WITH ME?

[NARRATOR] BUT THE SHOW MUST GO ON.

WATCH THIS.

[MID-TEMPO MUSIC PLAYS]

OH, YEAH!

ARE YOU READY? ARE YOU READY?

HEY, GUY, I GOT PLENTY OF THAT BULLSHIT. COME ON.

[NARRATOR] FOR ALL HIS ENTHUSIASM,

DENNIS ISN'T IN THE IDEAL CONDITION TO LEAD THE DRILLS.

COME ON, GUYS, COME ON. DAMN.

COME ON, GUYS.

YEAH!

[NARRATOR] CHARLES SMITH,

WHO RUNS BASKETBALL COURSES ALL OVER THE WORLD,

IS QUICK TO STEP IN AND TAKE CHARGE.

[SMITH] GOOD, GOOD. GOOD JOB.

NOW YOU'RE GONNA COME ACROSS

AND YOU HAVE TO READ THE DEFENSE.

OKAY?

BEFORE YOU CATCH THE BALL, TELL HIM TO READ THE DEFENSE.

HE'S GOT TO KNOW WHERE THE DEFENDER IS.

I JUST WANT HIM TO JUMP.

NOT LIKE THIS.

YOU WANT THEM TO JUMP UP.

JUMP.

GOOD, GOOD. YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!

YES, GOOD JOB.

HEY, HEY, HEY. GOOD JOB. GOOD JOB.

YOU READY? COME ON, GUYS, COME ON.

COME ON, PLAY, PLAY, PLAY! COME ON, GO, GO, GO, GO!

COME ON, PLAY!

NO, WE'RE NOT PLAYING, DENNIS,

WE'RE TRYING TO SHOW 'EM WHAT TO DO.

WE'RE TRYING TO SHOW 'EM WHAT TO DO.

HE DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

ALL RIGHT. ALL RIGHT, FUCK IT.

I DON'T KNOW SHIT.

I'M TRYING.

HEY, JUST PLAY. WHAT, BOOM!

OH!

[SMITH] LOOK AT THE SIDE. HALF COURT.

[GRUNTS]

OH, OH!

[NARRATOR] IT'S SAD TO SEE DENNIS PLAYING SUCH A MINOR ROLE.

AFTER ALL, HE PICKED THIS NORTH KOREAN TEAM

JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO.

IS THAT SIMPLE SHIT, OR IS THAT SIMPLE SHIT?

SIMPLE.

[NARRATOR] THEY'RE A TALENTED BUNCH,

AND IT'S POSSIBLE THAT CHARLES AND THE OTHER U.S. PLAYERS

ARE UNDERESTIMATING THEM, SOMETHING DENNIS MIGHT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TELL THEM,

BUT RIGHT NOW, HE'S A BIT TOO DRUNK

TO BE MUCH USE TO ANYBODY.

DENNIS IS UNPREDICTABLE, ESPECIALLY WHEN HE HAD A FEW.

BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, LIKE I SAID,

DENNIS IS A GREAT GUY.

IN MY MIND, A GUY WHO HAS A BIG HEART

AND ONLY WANTS TO TRY TO DO THE BEST.

SO WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE --

HE DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT THE FUCK SAYING.

SWITCH, SWITCH!

TELL 'EM TO SWITCH!

WHAT'S GOING ON

OH, OKAY.

[NARRATOR] AS THE SESSION WINDS DOWN,

WHAT DO THE NORTH KOREANS THINK ABOUT THE UPCOMING GAME?

[INTERPRETER] THE MATCH TO BE HELD TOMORROW

WILL BE A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO EXCHANGE AND TO LEARN

EACH OTHER IN THE FIELD OF BASKETBALL.

WE THINK THAT IT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING

TO LEARN EACH OTHER AND TO EXCHANGE THE EXPERIENCE.

IT IS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR US

TO EXCHANGE AND TO LEARN EACH OTHER.

[NARRATOR] IT ALMOST SEEMS

AS THOUGH THEY'VE BEEN TOLD WHAT TO SAY.

BUT NOT EVERYBODY IS TOEING THE LINE.

[SMITH] SO THANK YOU.

[RODMAN STAMMERS]

YOU GOT TO DO ONE THING.

BOW.

ALL RIGHT, ALL RIGHT.

[NARRATOR] THE U.S. PLAYERS HEAD BACK TO THE HOTEL

FOR A SPOT OF RELAXATION,

BUT SOME WORRYING NEWS AWAITS THEM.

A NUMBER OF PLAYERS HAD BEEN LEFT MESSAGES

BY THEIR SPONSORS BACK IN THE UNITED STATES

WHO ARE THREATENING TO DROP THEM IF THEY TAKE PART IN THE GAME.

UNDERSTANDABLY, THE CAMP BECOMES UNSETTLED,

AND, SUDDENLY, THERE'S TALK OF PULLING OUT --

JUST A DAY BEFORE THE GAME.

AGAIN, CHARLES SMITH TAKES CHARGE

AND CRISIS TALKS ARE HELD BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.

OKAY.

WHEN THE PLAYER RE-EMERGE, IT'S REVEALED

THAT SMITH HAS ORGANIZED AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

WITH THE NEWS NETWORK CNN.

THE PLAYERS HOPE IT WILL GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO TELL THEIR SIDE OF THE STORY

AND CALM THE SITUATION WITH THEIR SPONSORS BACK HOME.

SMITH GETS BUSY WORKING THROUGH A LIST OF CNN'S QUESTIONS

TO MAKE SURE THE PLAYERS ALL SING FROM THE SAME HYMN SHEET.

[SMITH] THESE ARE PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL ALUMNI.

IN THE LETTER, WE GOT TO MENTION THE OLYMPICS.

'CAUSE THAT WAS PART OF THE ASSURANCE.

[NARRATOR] DENNIS, ON THE OTHER HAND,

WHO HAS BEEN RELAXING WITH A FEW MORE DRINKS IN HIS ROOM,

HAS ONLY JUST FOUND OUT WHAT'S GOING ON.

[RODMAN] COME ON!

WE EXPECT IT TO BE A CAPACITY CROWD

BECAUSE IT'S BEEN CAPACITY CROWD EVERYWHERE WE GO.

- OKAY. - THAT'S THE ANSWER.

[INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS]

WHAT IS THIS?

WE'RE JUST GOING OVER THE QUESTIONS.

GOING OVER ALL THE QUESTIONS?

DENNIS, WE'RE JUST GOING OVER ALL THE QUESTIONS TODAY.

ARE WE ON THE SAME PAGE?

YEAH, WE'RE GETTING ON THE SAME PAGE.

- ALMOST THERE. - OKAY, FUCK IT.

FLOYD, ARE YOU STAYING WITH US OR ARE YOU GOING?

ARE YOU LEAVING?

LET'S FINISH THIS

SO THAT WE CAN, YOU KNOW, DEAL WITH THAT.

[NARRATOR] DENNIS DOESN'T STICK AROUND TO GO THROUGH THE QUESTIONS.

INSTEAD, HE WAITS OUTSIDE, FRUSTRATED

AND MAYBE JUST A LITTLE BIT JEALOUS

OF CHARLES SMITH'S GROWING INFLUENCE.

ALL THE PLAYERS CAN SAY THEIR PIECE TO EVERYTHING.

- [CLATTERING] - AND THEN IN THE --

HE THREW A GLASS.

AND THEN OUTSIDE OF...

OUTSIDE OF THE...

[NARRATOR] HE MIGHT BE IN A STROP,

BUT DENNIS IS STILL THE FACE OF THE TRIP,

AND CHARLES KNOWS THEY NEED TO KEEP HIM ON SIDE.

WHEN WE FINISH, WE ALL GET WITH HIM,

SAY THANK YOU.

WE GOT TO MAKE HIM FEEL GOOD.

ALL RIGHT, GUYS?

[RODMAN] ME OF ALL PEOPLE

IS TRYING TO CHANGE SOMETHING AROUND THE WORLD.

AND THE ONE THING I LIKE TO DO IS, LIKE, HELP PEOPLE.

AND, FINALLY, IT'S PAYING OFF.

AFTER ALL THESE TRYING YEARS.

OKAY, THERE SHOULD BE SOMEBODY CALLED CHRIS

COMING TO TALK TO YOU SOON

ON THAT IFB IN YOUR EAR,

AND YOU'LL HAVE ONE FOR YOUR EAR.

AND I'LL PUT THIS ON THE SIDE.

AND TRY TO TUCK THIS...

WE'RE LIVE.

ARE YOU IN THIS?

WE RECEIVED A LETTER FROM THE D.P.R.K. OLYMPIC COMMITTEE,

AN INVITATION TO DO THIS GAME.

THIS ISN'T ABOUT DENNIS.

WE'RE HERE SPECIFICALLY TO PUT SMILES ON PEOPLE'S FACES,

EVERLASTING MEMORIES IN THE MINDS OF INDIVIDUALS,

AND, HOPEFULLY, WITH THE GOOD WORK THAT WE DO,

WE GIVE TO CHARITY WHILE WE'RE HERE.

SO, PLEASE, DON'T CONTINUE TO PUT POLITICS INTO THAT.

THIS IS NOT WHAT WE'RE HERE FOR.

[MAN] I GET IT, CHARLES. I GET IT.

I GET WHY YOU'RE THERE. THE PROBLEM IS IT'S MORE COMPLICATED THAN BASKETBALL.

IT JUST IS,

IT'S MORE COMPLICATED THAN BASKETBALL, FELLAS, I'M SORRY.

BUT YOU SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, YOU SAY --

YOU SAY IT'S MORE COMPLICATED THAN BASKETBALL.

BASKETBALL IS NOT COMPLICATED TO US, AND THAT'S WHAT WE DO.

THE GAME HAS BEEN PRESENTED AS A BIRTHDAY PRESENT

TO THE RULER.

I'M NOT HERE TO FIGHT WITH YOU GUYS.

I RESPECT WHAT YOU'RE DOING.

I'M JUST CONCERNED FOR THE FAMILY OF THIS MAN

WHO IS HELD THERE,

AND I AM CONCERNED, AS MANY AMERICANS ARE,

ABOUT GIVING A BIRTHDAY PRESENT

TO A MAN WHO IS SEEN AS A DESPOT,

WHO JUST HAD HIS UNCLE EXECUTED.

- I'LL - I'LL DO IT. - DENNIS, YOU UNDERSTAND THE ISSUE.

IT'S NOT ABOUT HATING ON AMERICAN BASKETBALL PLAYERS.

YEAH, BUT YOU CAN -- YOU CAN --

WE'RE NOT -- AGAIN, WE'RE NOT HERE TO DEAL WITH THE POLITICS.

THE DATE OF THE GAME IS THE DATE OF THE GAME.

[NARRATOR] THE INTERVIEW IS NEARLY OVER,

AND CHARLES HAS SKILLFULLY NAVIGATED

EVERY QUESTION ON CNN'S LIST.

BUT AT THE LAST MOMENT, THE INTERVIEWER LOBS

A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS

UNSCRIPTED QUESTION INTO THE MIX.

DENNIS, LET ME END ON THIS.

- YOU DO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH THIS MAN. - YES.

ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE AN OPPORTUNITY, IF YOU GET IT,

TO SPEAK UP FOR THE FAMILY OF KENNETH BAE?

WILL YOU TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY?

[STAMMERING] WATCH THIS.

IF YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT KENNETH BAE DID,

YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT HE DID IN THIS COUNTRY.

WHAT DID HE DO, YOU TELL ME?

YOU TELL ME. WHAT DID HE DO?

NO, NO, NO, YOU TELL ME! YOU TELL ME!

WHY IS HELD CAPTIVE IN THIS COUNTRY? WHY?

THEY HAVEN'T RELEASED ANY CHARGES.

THEY HAVEN'T RELEASED ANY REASON.

[STAMMERS]

- LISTEN -- - NO, LET ME DO IT.

I WOULD LOVE TO SPEAK ON THIS.

GO AHEAD.

YOU KNOW, YOU GOT --

OKAY, YOU GOT 10 GUYS HERE -- 10 GUYS HERE

THAT LEFT THEIR FAMILIES, LEFT THEIR DAMN FAMILIES

TO HELP THIS COUNTRY THAT'S IN THE SPORTS VENTURE.

GOT 10 GUYS -- ALL THESE GUYS HERE,

DOES ANYONE UNDERSTAND THAT?

- WE DO, AND WE APPRECIATE THAT, AND WE WISH THEM WELL... - CHRISTMAS, NEW YEAR'S

...WITH THE CULTURAL EXCHANGE.

NO, NO, NO! I'M JUST SAYING --

NO, I DON'T GIVE A [BLEEP] WHAT THE --

I DON'T GIVE A RAT'S ASS WHAT THE HELL YOU THINK!

I'M SAYING TO YOU, LOOK AT THESE GUYS HERE!

LOOK AT 'EM!

YEAH, BUT, DENNIS, DON'T PUT IT ON THEM.

DON'T USE THEM AS AN EXCUSE

FOR THE BEHAVIOR THAT YOU'RE PUTTING ON YOURSELF.

THEY CAME HERE! THEY CAME HERE!

YOU JUST BASICALLY WERE SAYING

THAT KENNETH BAE DID SOMETHING WRONG.

WE DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THE CHARGES ARE.

DON'T USE THESE GUYS AS A SHIELD FOR YOU, DENNIS.

LISTEN, LISTEN,

LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN.

AIN'T NO SHIELD!

I GOT A GUY -- LET ME DO THIS!

REALLY, REALLY, I WANT TO TELL YOU ONE THING.

PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD -- AROUND THE WORLD --

I'M GONNA DO ONE THING.

YOU'RE A GUY BEHIND THE MIKE RIGHT NOW,

WE'RE THE GUYS HERE DOING ONE THING.

WE'RE HAVE TO GO BACK TO AMERICA AND TAKE THE ABUSE.

DO YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE ABUSE WE'RE GONNA TAKE?

DO YOU, SIR? LET ME KNOW!

ARE YOU GONNA TAKE THE ABUSE WE'RE GONNA GET?

BUT, GUESS WHAT, THOUGH. ONE DAY...

ONE DAY...

THIS DOOR IS GONNA OPEN

BECAUSE THESE 10 GUYS HERE,

ALL OF US --

I MEAN, EVERYBODY HERE,

IF WE COULD JUST OPEN THE DOOR JUST A LITTLE BIT.

THE KEY IS, YOU CAN BAIT DENNIS OR ANY OF US

INTO A POLITICAL CONVERSATION, AND IT CAN GET EMOTIONAL.

NO, CHARLES, THAT'S NOT MY INTENTION.

CHARLES, IT'S NOT MY INTENTION, IT REALLY ISN'T.

- LET ME FINISH. - IT REALLY ISN'T.

- BUT LET ME FINISH. - PLEASE.

WE'RE NOT HERE TO TALK POLITICS, SO OUTSIDE OF THAT,

ANY QUESTIONS THAT COME BACK THROUGH THAT

IS BAITING TO GET US INTO POLITICS,

AND THAT'S NOT WHAT WE'RE HERE FOR.

EVERY MAN SITTING HERE UNDERSTANDS THAT.

CHARLES, I UNDERSTAND IT AS WELL.

I WISH YOU GOOD LUCK WITH THE CULTURAL EXCHANGE,

BUT YOU KNOW THE ISSUES THAT ARE AT PLAY.

GOOD LUCK WITH THE GAME.

I HOPE IT HAS THE RESULTS THAT YOU WANT IT TO,

AND I WISH YOU A SAFE TRIP HOME.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING.

[MAN] YOU GUYS CAN GET UN-MIKED.

ALL RIGHT. THAT'S GOOD.

[MUMBLING INDISTINCTLY]

[NARRATOR] BY GETTING LURED INTO A DISCUSSION ABOUT KENNETH BAE,

DENNIS MAY HAVE SABOTAGED CHARLES' ATTEMPT

TO PAINT THE TRIP AS A CULTURAL SPORTING EXCHANGE.

WORRIED ABOUT THE EFFECT THE OUTBURST MIGHT HAVE

ON THEIR PUBLIC IMAGE BACK HOME,

THE PLAYERS HOLD YET MORE CRISIS TALKS.

BUT THAT'S NOT -- WE GOT TO REALLY TOE THE LINE.

STAY ON THE SAME PAGE EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.

OH, MY GOD.

AND, DENNIS, LISTEN, IT'S NOT ABOUT THAT.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THEY DON'T GIVE A SHIT

- ABOUT IT, CHARLES! - BUT, LISTEN.

THIS AIN'T THE FUCKING NBA. YOU SAY, "OH, OKAY, REALLY?"

NO, NO, NO, NO. NO. YOU'RE MISSING THE POINT.

I'M MISSING THE POINT? WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU HERE?

THAT'S NOT -- WE GOT THAT, WE'RE PAST THAT.

WE'RE AT A JUNCTURE RIGHT NOW.

WE'RE AT A CERTAIN JUNCTION,

A CERTAIN CROSSROADS THAT WE HAVE --

WHO THE FUCK HIRED THIS GUY?

REALLY, CHARLES? REALLY?

YOU'RE THE SAME FUCKING DICKHEAD GUY --

I DON'T GIVE A RAT'S ASS --

NO, I'M SO SORRY. NO, NO, WATCH THIS, NO.

IT AIN'T ABOUT ME DRINKING -- NOTHING LIKE THAT.

I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT THAT.

I'M TALKING ABOUT ONE THING,

HOW WE ADDRESS THE MEDIA MOVING FORWARD.

THAT'S IT.

WE?

WE WANT YOU TO AGREE TO STAY AWAY FROM ANSWERING

OR GETTING DOWN THE ROAD WITH POLITICAL QUESTIONS.

- THAT'S IT. - CHARLES, GUESS WHAT.

AM I RIGHT, GUYS? AM I RIGHT?

THAT'S IT, THAT'S IT. IT'S SIMPLE. THAT'S IT.

- SO, CHARLES, HAVE YOU EVER HEARD ME -- - YOU JUST DID.

- NO, NO, NO. - STAY AWAY FROM POLITICS.

AND STICK TO WHAT WE'RE DOING, WHICH IS PLAYING BASKETBALL,

FROM THIS POINT ON.

WE'RE ALL IN AGREEMENT?

ALL RIGHT, OSCAR.

PYONGYANG!

[NARRATOR] DESPITE CHARLES AND DENNIS' SHOW OF UNITY,

THE PLAYERS ARE STILL CONCERNED

ABOUT WHAT THE REACTION TO THE INTERVIEW WILL BE.

AND THE QUESTION STILL STANDS --

ARE THEY GOING TO PLAY OR PULL OUT?

THAT'S WHY HE BROUGHT IT UP.

DID HE BRING IT UP FIRST?

HE BROUGHT IT UP TO THE SPORTS MINISTER ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT

WE SHOULD STILL GO THROUGH WITH IT.

[VO] THEIR TRANSLATOR CAME UP TO ME.

LIKE, HE SAID, "IS THERE AN ISSUE?"

AND I'LL JUST SAY, "NO, YOU KNOW."

I SAID, "LOOK, YOU KNOW, THEY, YOU KNOW,

THEY'RE HEARING IT, OBVIOUSLY, BACK HOME."

I DON'T HAVE A FEELING ON IT, BECAUSE I'M DEALING WITH...

12, 13 OTHER GUYS.

SO MY OPINION ONLY MATTERS

AFTER WE GET A GENERAL CONSENSUS BY COMMITTEE.

WELL, IT'S NOT ANYTHING TO WORK OUT,

IT'S JUST TO FIND OUT HOW GUYS FEEL.

WE GOT TO SEE, YOU KNOW,

IF OUR GUYS ARE FEELING WHAT'S GOING ON.

IT'S VERY IMPORTANT. I MEAN...

YOU KNOW, OUR COUNTRY IS OUR COUNTRY.

- YES. - VODKA AND SODA.

SODAS?

VODKA, VODKA.

VODKA.

[NARRATOR] A COUPLE OF HOURS LATER,

WITH THE GAME STILL HANGING IN THE BALANCE,

DOUG AND CHARLES MANAGE TO GET ACCESS

TO THE HOTEL'S CLOSELY GUARDED INTERNET SERVICE,

AND THEY FIND THE INTERVIEW ONLINE.

WHAT WOULD THEY THINK NOW THAT THE DUST HAD SETTLED?

IT HAS A DIFFERENT CONTEXT WHEN YOU SEE IT, CHARLES.

- YEAH, IT DOES. IT WASN'T BAD. - IT WASN'T.

OTHER THAN THE KENNETH BAE THING,

HIS EMOTION AT THE VERY BEGINNING

AND WHAT HE SAID AFTER THAT WAS SPOT-ON.

- IT WAS. 'CAUSE IT CAME ACROSS. - IT WAS GOOD.

THAT HE'S FEELING HURT ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON.

YEAH, RIGHT.

YEAH, BUT SITTING UP THERE, IT DIDN'T --

MAN, I WISH VIN AND THEM WOULD HAVE CAME,

'CAUSE THEY WERE FEELING WHAT WE WERE FEELING --

TO SEE IT.

THANKS, GUYS.

AFTER THIS, I HOPE THEY'RE NOT OSTRACIZING US

AS MUCH AS THEY WERE PRIOR TO THAT.

RIGHT, RIGHT, YEAH.

IT'S A POSSIBILITY. YOU KNOW THAT.

YEAH.

BUT THAT WAS -- OVERALL, I GIVE IT A "B."

- YEAH, WHICH IS -- - A "B."

I WAS, LIKE, AN "F."

"D"-MINUS, "F."

"GOOD LORD, WE'RE IN TROUBLE."

I WAS LIKE, "OH, SHIT!"

IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE HOW IT FELT SITTING HERE.

OH, OKAY. IT WASN'T THAT BAD?

NO, THEY SHOWED THE WHOLE ENTIRE THING.

BUT THE THING WITH DENNIS, WE WERE ALL SITTING THERE.

YEAH.

SO WE GOT CAUGHT UP IN HIM.

BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE THING AND HOW THEY PAN IT AND SHOT IT,

THE ONLY THING HE DID IS GO BACK AND FORTH WITH BAE.

BUT HIS OTHER STUFF, IT WAS ACTUALLY VERY GOOD.

[NARRATOR] WORD SPREADS TO THE OTHER PLAYERS.

THEY GET TOGETHER FOR MORE DISCUSSION,

AND AT THE 11TH HOUR,

THEY FINALLY DECIDE TO STAY AND PREPARE FOR MATCH DAY.

THE GAME IS ON.

[KOREAN ANTHEM PLAYS]

SO STRUCTURED.

LET'S GO PLAY AGAINST THE NORTH KOREANS.

[NARRATOR] AS THE PLAYERS MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE COURT,

THERE'S A BUZZ OF ACTIVITY IN THE CORRIDORS,

AND THERE'S ONLY ONE EXPLANATION --

THE MARSHAL, KIM JONG-UN, HAS ARRIVED.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

STANDING IN THE TUNNEL AND LISTENING TO THE ROAR OF THE CROWD,

THE SCALE OF THE EVENT ONLY JUST STARTS TO HIT HOME.

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, AN AMERICAN TEAM WILL PLAY

AN AWAY FIXTURE IN NORTH KOREA WITH KIM JONG-UN WATCHING ON.

NATIONAL PRIDE IS AT STAKE, AND EVEN THOUGH THE EVENT

WILL ONLY BE BROADCAST IN NORTH KOREA,

THE RESULT WILL BE EAGERLY ANTICIPATED AROUND THE WORLD,

SO IT'S A GAME NEITHER SIDE WILL WANT TO LOSE.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE CONTINUE]

[ WOMAN SPEAKING KOREAN ]

NOW THE PLAYERS OF HALF OUR TEAM FROM D.P.R. KOREA

AND THE NBA STAR'S TEAM FROM U.S.A.

WILL ENTER THE STADIUM.

IT'S GAME TIME.

[APPLAUSE]

[ SPEAKING KOREAN ]

BEFORE THE GAME,

MR. DENNIS RODMAN WOULD LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS.

[NARRATOR] WITH THE PLAYERS OUT ON COURT

AND 20,000 NORTH KOREANS WAITING PATIENTLY,

IT'S TIME FOR DENNIS' BIG MOMENT.

[RODMAN] UH...

[CHUCKLES]

I WOULD LIKE TO REALLY THANK, UM...

MY PEERS HERE FROM THE U.S.

HAVING THE GUTS TO BELIEVE IN ME,

TO BE HERE WITH THE MARSHAL FOR HIS BIRTHDAY.

A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE EXPRESSED

DIFFERENT VIEWS ABOUT ME

AND YOUR LEADER HERE, THE MARSHAL.

AND I TAKE THAT AS A COMPLIMENT,

A COMPLIMENT AS FAR AS THE WORLD.

YES, HE'S A GREAT LEADER.

HE PROVIDES FOR HIS PEOPLE HERE IN THIS COUNTRY.

AND THANK GOD THE PEOPLE HERE LOVE THE MARSHAL.

[APPLAUSE]

UM...

FOR THE PEOPLE OF NORTH KOREA, I WANT TO SAY ONE THING...

THIS IS HISTORY-BREAKING GROUND FOR EVERYONE THAT'S INVOLVED.

MY PEERS HERE, THE NATIONAL TEAM HERE.

ALL I WANT TO SAY IS JUST TO MY FRIEND

AND HIS WIFE AND HIS FAMILY -- HIS FAMILY...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

[CLAPPING RHYTHMICALLY]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR MARSHAL

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

[NARRATOR] DENNIS' SERENADING OF THE MARSHAL IS VERY UNEXPECTED,

EVEN BY HIS STANDARDS AND SHOWS

HOW NAIVE HE IS TO THE WIDER POLITICAL SITUATION.

IT'S VERY UNLIKELY TO GO DOWN WELL BACK HOME,

BUT FOR NOW, THAT WILL HAVE TO WAIT --

THERE'S A BASKETBALL GAME TO BE PLAYED.

[APPLAUSE]

AND IN ANOTHER UNEXPECTED MOVE,

DENNIS HAS DECIDED TO SPLIT THE GAME INTO TWO HALVES.

IN THE FIRST HALF, IT'S THE MAIN EVENT --

THE UNITED STATES AGAINST NORTH KOREA.

IN THE SECOND HALF, DENNIS IS MIXING UP THE TEAMS

SO BOTH NORTH KOREANS AND AMERICANS

WILL PLAY SIDE BY SIDE,

A NICE TOUCH THAT WILL HOPEFULLY UNDERLINE

THE REAL IMPORTANCE OF THE TRIP --

BRINGING THE PEOPLE OF TWO NATIONS,

DIVIDED IN SO MANY WAYS, CLOSER TOGETHER.

[WHISTLE BLOWS]

BUT FIRST, CAN THE EX-NBA PLAYERS

BEAT A TEAM OF EAGER, HUNGRY, YOUNG NORTH KOREANS

KEEN TO PLEASE THEIR MARSHAL?

SPEAKING TO THE U.S. COACH, HE SEEMS MORE WORRIED

ABOUT HIS OWN TEAM'S FITNESS LEVELS

THAN THOSE OF THE OPPOSITION.

JUST DO A LOT OF ROTATIONS, GET EVERYONE IN THE GAME EARLY

SO THEY GET A FEEL FOR THE COURT AND SURROUNDINGS.

JUST SO THEY CAN GET COMFORTABLE OUT THERE

SO WE'LL DO A LOT OF SUBSTITUTING.

IF GUYS ARE REALLY TIRED, WE'LL GET 'EM OUT EARLY

AND GET 'EM BACK IN SOONER.

THE U.S. PLAYERS START BY TRYING TO USE THEIR HEIGHT ADVANTAGE.

BUT THEIR HANDLING LETS THEM DOWN.

THE NORTH KOREANS' RESPONSE IS TO USE THEIR OWN ADVANTAGE-- SPEED.

THEY MOVE THE BALL FAST, STAY OUT OF REACH

AND SHOOTING FROM OUTSIDE THE 3-POINT ARC.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

THE AMERICANS REGISTER THEIR FIRST POINTS.

THE COOL HEAD AND HANDS OF DOUG CHRISTIE

AND A BANK SHOT FROM VIN BAKER.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

THEY'RE BACK IN THE GAME, WHICH IS MORE PHYSICAL THAN THEY'D EXPECTED.

NORTH KOREA CONTINUED TO DOMINATE.

PLAYING A PASS-AND-MOVE STYLE OF BASKETBALL,

WHICH CATCHES THE AMERICANS FLAT-FOOTED AND DEFENDING TOO DEEP

TO PREVENT A SUCCESSION OF 3-POINT SHOTS.

RATTLED, THE VISITORS CALL A TIME-OUT

TO TAKE STOCK AND CATCH THEIR BREATH.

CHARLES SMITH AND THE REST OF THE TEAM

ARE STARTING TO REALIZE WHAT DENNIS KNEW ALL ALONG...

...THESE GUYS CAN SHOOT.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

THE HOSTS UP THE TEMPO AGAIN.

THEIR DECISION MAKING AND HAND SPEED TOO MUCH FOR AN AGING TEAM,

INCLUDING AN OUT-OF-CONDITION DENNIS.

[WHISTLE BLOWS]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

[WHISTLE BLOWS]

AT THE END OF THE FIRST PERIOD, WITH THE AMERICANS TRAILING BY 10 POINTS,

DENNIS BOWS OUT TO ENJOY WATCHING THE REST OF THE GAME

WITH HIS FRIEND KIM JONG-UN.

THE SECOND QUARTER BRINGS MORE OF THE SAME.

THE U.S. TEAM DOES RALLY, BUT FATIGUE STARTS TO PLAY ITS PART.

AND FOR ALL THEIR EFFORT, NOTHING QUITE COMES OFF.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

AT THE END OF THE SECOND QUARTER,

THE SCORE IS U.S.A. 39, NORTH KOREA 45,

A WIN FOR THE D.P.R.K. AND AN INDICATION

THAT, JUST MAYBE, THE PROFESSIONALS

HAVE UNDERESTIMATED THEIR OPPONENTS.

UH...

WE TRAINED THEM. WE TAUGHT THEM TO BEAT US.

THE COMPETITION WAS GOOD.

THEY PLAYED EXTREMELY HARD -- PHYSICAL, VERY PHYSICAL.

- [MAN] THEY PLAYED EXTREMELY HARD. - WHICH IS REALLY GOOD.

- WHICH IS GOOD. - YEAH, NO DOUBT.

THEY BEAT US IN TWO QUARTERS. WE HAD TWO MORE QUARTERS TO GO, BUT WE SPLIT.

WE WAS DOWN BY 9 POINTS. BUT THEY COULD PLAY A LITTLE BIT.

I THINK IT TOOK IT FOR GRANTED

THAT PLAYING THESE GUYS, BUT THEY COULD SHOOT.

THEY'RE IN GREAT SHAPE. THEY RUN THE FLOOR WELL.

I HAVE TO GIVE THOSE GUYS CREDIT,

BECAUSE THEY PLAYED EXTREMELY HARD.

THEY WERE VERY FOCUSED AND THEY KNEW WHAT TO DO

TO BE EFFECTIVE AGAINST US.

IT'S INTERESTING BECAUSE THEY HAD A STRATEGY

TO PLAY AGAINST US, YOU KNOW, OLDER NBA PLAYERS,

AND THEY USED THAT EUROPEAN

DRIVE-AND-KICK, SHORTER, FASTER GUYS.

SO THE GAME WAS MUCH MORE COMPETITIVE

AND MUCH MORE INTERESTING THAN I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

[NARRATOR] AS DENNIS PLANNED,

THE TEAMS CHANGE UP FOR THE SECOND HALF,

AND IT JUST HAPPENS

THAT WITH THE TWO NATIONALITIES MIXED TOGETHER,

THE CROWD SEES SOME OF THE BEST ACTION OF THE NIGHT...

WITH DENNIS AND KIM JONG-UN WATCHING ON.

[UP-TEMPO KOREAN MUSIC PLAYS]

IT'S STILL A STRANGE SIGHT--

THE LEADER OF THE WORLD'S MOST CONTROLLED STATE

AND AMERICA'S MOST OUT-OF-CONTROL CELEBRITY

LAUGHING AND JOKING LIKE A COUPLE OF OLD COLLEGE BUDDIES.

AS THE GAME REACHES A CLOSE,

IT'S HARD TO SAY WHAT LONG-TERM EFFECT IT MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE.

BUT THE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE NORTH KOREAN

AND U.S. PLAYERS FEELS LIKE AN UNERRINGLY POSITIVE THING,

WITH MILLIONS OF NORTH KOREANS

WATCHING THEIR KIN STANDING SHOULDER-TO-SHOULDER

WITH THE OLD ENEMY ON THEIR TV SCREENS.

[CROWD CLAPPING, SINGING IN KOREAN]

AFTER THE GAME, THE MARSHAL MEETS HIS PLAYERS.

AS WE KNOW, HE'S A BIG BASKETBALL FAN, AFTER ALL.

IN THE DRESSING ROOM, THERE'S A SENSE OF EUPHORIA AND RELIEF

THAT THE GAME ACTUALLY TOOK PLACE.

BUT FOR CHARLES, IT'S ALL TOO MUCH.

[SMITH] [SNIFFLES]

I JUST NEEDED A MOMENT TO MYSELF,

TO, UH [SIGHS] KIND OF REFLECT AND GET THE EMOTION OUT

BECAUSE IT'S BEEN PENT UP THROUGH THE WHOLE TRIP.

[INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS]

IT WAS HARD GETTING THE GUYS TOGETHER.

[MAN] CONGRATULATIONS.

AND ZOOM IN ON IT.

IT'S ALWAYS DIFFICULT

WORKING WITH DENNIS,

BUT IT -- IT -- IT USUALLY WORKS OUT WELL.

[SNIFFLES]

I JUST SUNG "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" TO THE FUCKER.

[LAUGHTER]

IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS,

WE WERE ACTUALLY THINKING OF NOT PLAYING THIS GAME.

[SNIFFLES]

WE WERE ACTUALLY THINKING OF NOT PLAYING THE GAME.

[SNIFFLES]

WE MADE HISTORY TODAY.

[INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS]

[NARRATOR] THE HIGH EMOTIONS ARE FELT

IN THE NORTH KOREAN CAMP, TOO.

[MAN] IT WAS A GREAT, GREAT, GREAT PLEASURE,

AND A HAPPINESS AND HONOR FOR HIM.

[NARRATOR] WITH THEIR ACHIEVEMENT STARTING TO SINK IN,

THE PLAYERS BEGIN TO CELEBRATE.

BRING IT IN, GUYS. BRING IN IN. COME ON.

I'M FEELING -- I'M FEELING SOME LOVE.

BRING IT IN. BRING IT IN. COME ON, BRING IT IN.

I'M FEELING SOME LOVE. WE DID IT.

[CHANTING "WE DID IT!"]

VIN, COME ON, MAN.

[CHANTING CONTINUES]

[NARRATOR] BACK AT THE HOTEL, THE CELEBRATIONS CONTINUE.

FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THEY STEPPED FOOT IN PYONGYANG,

EVERYONE GETS TO LET THEIR HAIR DOWN.

AND, YEP, JOE GETS ANOTHER CHANCE

TO SHOW OFF HIS WELL-HONED KARAOKE SKILLS.

[SINGING IN KOREAN]

AFTER EVERYTHING THAT'S HAPPENED OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS,

THERE'S A GOOD SHOW OF TOGETHERNESS,

AND THE REVELRY LASTS WELL INTO THE NIGHT.

WHO WOULDA THUNK IT?

OH!

AND I LOVE NORTH KOREA.

THE NEXT DAY, THE U.S. PLAYERS, WITH A FEW SORE HEADS,

HEAD OUT FOR SOME SPECIALLY ORGANIZED R&R TIME

WITH THE NORTH KOREAN TEAM.

WE HAD A CHANCE TO ACTUALLY INTERACT WITH THE NATIONAL TEAM,

SO WE WENT TO THE WATER PARK,

GOT ON SLIDES TOGETHER.

GUYS WERE PULLING ME OVER -- "COME, COME."

EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A DIFFERENT-LANGUAGE BARRIER, WE COMMUNICATED WITH EACH OTHER.

AND IT WAS GOOD TO BE AROUND THOSE GUYS AWAY FROM THE GYM,

IN A DIFFERENT ATMOSPHERE, AND IT WAS THE SAME THING.

IT WAS ALL LOVE,

WE HAD A GREAT TIME WITH THOSE GUYS.

IT'S GONNA BE A BOND.

IT'S GONNA PROBABLY BE, YOU KNOW, FROM THAT DAY FORTH,

ALL THE WAY THROUGHOUT.

YOU KNOW, A LOT OF THE PLAYERS THAT WERE THERE, YOU KNOW,

OF COURSE REMEMBERED ALL THE GUYS,

YOU KNOW, FROM THE GAME, AND STUFF LIKE THAT,

AND, YOU KNOW, WE JUST WENT THERE

TO HAVE A GOOD TIME, KIND OF, YOU KNOW, UNWIND A LITTLE BIT.

YOU KNOW, A COUPLE GUYS, WE GOT IN THE SAUNA,

WE DID A LITTLE WATERSLIDE STUFF,

GOT IN THE POOLS AND STUFF.

THEY SHOWED US A LOT OF LOVE, LOT OF RESPECT,

AND WE DID THE SAME, YOU KNOW, WITH THEM.

[NARRATOR] MEANWHILE, DENNIS AND A SMALL NUMBER OF HIS GROUP

ARE WHISKED AWAY ON A SEPARATE TRIP.

WHILE THEY WERE CHATTING DURING THE GAME,

THE MARSHAL TOLD DENNIS THAT HE'D MADE PLANS FOR THEM

TO SPEND THE WEEKEND TOGETHER AT MASIK,

THE COUNTRY'S NEW LUXURY SKI LODGE, THREE HOURS EAST OF THE CAPITAL.

[UPBEAT KOREAN MUSIC PLAYS]

BY THE TIME DENNIS ARRIVES, SOME OF THE MARSHAL'S

FAMILY AND ENTOURAGE ARE ALREADY ON THE SLOPES.

FIRST, HE'S INVITED TO A THANK-YOU MEAL

WITH THE SPORTS MINISTER BEFORE BEING TAKEN

ON AN EXCLUSIVE TOUR OF THE RESORT.

AFTER THE OFFICIALS HAVE SHOWN THE PLACE OFF TO THE CAMERAS,

DENNIS' FILM CREW IS INFORMED THAT ONLY DENNIS

AND THE CLOSEST MEMBERS OF HIS GROUP

WILL BE ALLOWED TO STAY TO MEET KIM JONG-UN.

IT'S A SHAME, AS THERE HAD BEEN

THE POSSIBILITY OF SECURING A WORLD-EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

WITH THE MARSHAL, BUT IT'S NOT TO BE.

AND SO, GRUDGINGLY, THE CREW LEAVE

DENNIS, VO, JOE, AND MICHAEL

TO ENJOY THE SLOPES WHILE THEY TREK BACK TO PYONGYANG.

THE NEXT MORNING, IT'S TIME FOR THE AMERICAN PLAYERS

TO SAY THEIR GOODBYES AND HEAD BACK TO THE UNITED STATES.

NOW THAT THE GAME IS OVER,

WHAT WERE THEIR THOUGHTS ON THE TRIP?

[SMITH] THERE WAS SO MUCH MEDIA SCRUTINY

ON THE PLAYERS INDIVIDUALLY, WHICH WE DIDN'T EXPECT.

WE KNEW THAT THERE WERE GONNA BE SOME NEGATIVE PUBLICITY

SURROUNDING THE GAME

AND US BEING IN KOREA, NORTH KOREA,

BUT WE DIDN'T EXPECT OUR COUNTRY TO BASH US PERSONALLY.

THAT CAUGHT US OFF GUARD,

AND THAT WAS PRETTY FRUSTRATING,

AND SOME OF THE GUYS HAD SOME PERSONAL ISSUES WITH IT,

THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR CHILDREN, AND IT WAS KIND OF TOUGH.

I DON'T KNOW IF I'M WORRIED ABOUT THE BACKLASH.

I'M ANTICIPATING BOTH, YOU KNOW,

FAMILY AND FRIENDS HAPPY THAT I'M HOME,

AND THEN THERE'LL BE SOME PEOPLE WHO DON'T UNDERSTAND

OR BE PUZZLED BY THE FACT THAT WE WENT.

I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH SHIT I'M GONNA GET INTO

WHEN I GO BACK HOME, WHICH I DON'T, YOU KNOW.

AND DOES IT MATTER?

I HAVE TO JUST, YOU KNOW, FACE THE CONSEQUENCES,

'CAUSE I DID SOMETHING RADICAL, MAJOR, YOU KNOW?

AND THAT'S COOL. THAT'S COOL WITH ME.

I JUST HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT, BUT I'M NOT SAD.

I'M LIKE, "YO, I DID SOMETHING THAT, YOU KNOW,

PEOPLE IN AMERICA DIDN'T AGREE WITH FULLY,

AND I HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT."

I CERTAINLY DIDN'T INTEND FOR THIS TO BE A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR ANYONE.

AND THAT'S WHAT IT TURNED INTO BEING

SO IT WAS UNFORTUNATE THAT

WE WERE ALL IN THAT SITUATION.

BUT WE HAVE TO MOVE ON FROM IT.

I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW

GOING OVER THERE THAT IT WAS A BIRTHDAY.

OR THAT IT WAS GONNA BE LOOKED AT AS A BIRTHDAY GIFT.

I'M JUST, YOU KNOW -- I'M NOT OVER BEING WITH THE GUYS.

AND, YOU KNOW, JUST EVERYTHING THAT'S BEEN INVOLVED

WITH, YOU KNOW, THE MEDIA,

AND ALL THE TALK IN THE MEDIA, AND WHEN WE SHOULD TALK,

AND WHEN WE SHOULDN'T TALK, AND HOW WE SHOULD TALK.

I'M TIRED OF THAT.

[MAN] DO YOU HAVE ANY REGRETS ABOUT THE TRIP?

I DON'T REGRET IT ONE BIT.

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT SCRUTINY I GET AT HOME, WHAT PEOPLE SAY.

THEY'RE NOT ME. THEY'RE NOT IN MY HEAD.

THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT I GO THROUGH ON A DAILY BASIS.

THEY DON'T LIVE IN MY SHOES.

I FELT IT WAS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY,

AS WELL, I THINK, AS EVERYONE ELSE THAT'S HERE,

TO SHOW THE WORLD THAT THIS PLACE

THAT THEY CALL NORTH KOREA IS NOT AS BAD AS WHAT THEY THINK.

I'M GONNA JUST TELL THEM I HAD A GREAT TIME.

BY FAR, AS A PROFESSIONAL,

I WOULD SAY THIS IS PROBABLY

MY BEST EXPERIENCE, BASKETBALL-WISE, AS A PRO.

[WOMAN] LIKE ANYTHING, ANYTHING. JUST ANYTHING.

YOU KNOW, YOU LOOK AT IT EVEN FROM THE STANDPOINT OF DENNIS,

TO BE, YOU KNOW, EVEN IN THE PRESENCE OF THIS GUY.

[MAN] THEY SAY THEY'RE FRIENDS.

EVEN SAID, "THAT'S MY FRIEND."

[CHRISTIE] THERE'S NO ONE RIGHT NOW IN THE UNITED STATES

THAT CAN SAY THAT.

- NOBODY. - RIGHT.

LIKE, THERE'S NOBODY THAT CAN SAY, "OH, YEAH,

OH, YEAH, THAT'S MY MAN."

YOU KNOW, "WE COOL --" NOBODY.

[NARRATOR] A FEW DAYS LATER, IT'S DENNIS' TURN TO HEAD HOME,

AFTER SPENDING A FULL WEEKEND WITH THE MARSHAL.

BEIJING AIRPORT IS BUZZING

AS THE WORLD'S PRESS WAITS TO FIND OUT

WHAT HAPPENED AT THE SKI LODGE.

BUT WHEN DENNIS APPEARS, HE'S SWEPT THROUGH THE AIRPORT

AND ONTO HIS CONNECTING FLIGHT WITHOUT SAYING A WORD.

AND ON THE PLANE HOME THE TRUTH COME OUT.

DESPITE BEING PROMISED THEY'D SPEND SOME QUALITY TIME TOGETHER,

THE MARSHAL NEVER SHOWED.

IT'S DESPERATELY DISAPPOINTING NEWS FOR DENNIS,

ESPECIALLY AFTER EVERYTHING

HE'D GONE THROUGH TO GET THE GAME TO HAPPEN.

SO WHY DID KIM JONG-UN CHOOSE TO LEAVE

HIS GOOD FRIEND HIGH AND DRY? NOW THAT THE GAME WAS OVER,

HAD THE MARSHAL SIMPLY GOTTEN

EVERYTHING HE NEEDED TO OUT OF DENNIS?

COULD IT BE THAT THIS WAS ALL

JUST A CLEVERLY DEVISED PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGN

BY KIM JONG-UN TO SHOW HIS PEOPLE JUST HOW POWERFUL HE IS,

INVITING A GROUP OF AMERICANS TO PYONGYANG AND BEATING THEM AT THEIR OWN GAME.

ACCORDING TO DANIEL PINKSTON, THIS DOESN'T REALLY STACK UP.

I JUST DON'T BUY THAT ARGUMENT

BECAUSE THE STATE NARRATIVE AND THE PROPAGANDA NARRATIVE

IS COMPLIANCE AND CONFORMITY --

OBEY, OBEDIENCE.

AND HERE IS DENNIS RODMAN, WHO IS ONE OF THE MOST UNUSUAL

NONCONFORMISTS WE COULD THINK OF,

AND HERE HE IS IN THE EMBRACE OF KIM JONG-UN,

AND IT'S SENDING THIS MESSAGE

THAT, "HEY, IT'S OKAY TO BE DIFFERENT."

THEY NEVER SAW AN AMERICAN BEFORE,

AND THEY GO BACK, AND THEY THINK,

"WELL, EVERYTHING I READ IN TEXTBOOKS,

AND EVERYTHING MY SCHOOLTEACHER TOLD ME IN SCHOOL,

AND EVERYTHING THE PARTY CELL MEMBER TOLD ME,

AND EVERYTHING OUR COACH TOLD US,

AND EVERYTHING THAT THE STATE MEDIA TOLD ME,

WAS THAT AMERICANS ARE EVIL, THEY'RE TRYING TO KILL US,

BUT THE AMERICANS I SAW, THEY WERE FRIENDLY. THEY'RE LIKE US."

THIS IS A VERY SUBVERSIVE MESSAGE,

AND PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER THAT.

THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE

WHO HAVE THOSE INTERACTIONS WITH THE AMERICANS,

THEY WILL NEVER FORGET IT AS LONG AS THEY LIVE,

AND PEOPLE UNDERESTIMATE THAT.

[NARRATOR] SO WHY DIDN'T THE MARSHAL SHOW?

IT TURNS OUT THAT UP AT THE SKI LODGE,

DENNIS WENT ON THE MOTHER OF ALL DRINKING BINGES,

AND HIS BEHAVIOR GOT INCREASINGLY OUT OF CONTROL.

WITH THE MARSHAL'S FRIENDS AND FAMILY WATCHING ON,

THE DECISION WAS MADE FOR KIM

TO SAVE FACE AND TO GIVE DENNIS A WIDE BERTH.

IN OTHER WORDS, DENNIS BLEW IT.

THE GAME WAS A GREAT SHOWPIECE, NO DOUBT,

BUT THEIR FRIENDSHIP, AS ODD AS IT MAY SEEM,

HAD A LOT OF POTENTIAL.

IN THE LONG RUN, IT REALLY COULD HAVE LED

TO IMPROVED RELATIONS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND NORTH KOREA.

AND WHO KNOWS -- IT MIGHT EVEN HAVE PERSUADED

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO ENGAGE WITH NORTH KOREA.

BUT DENNIS' ALCOHOLISM AND SHEER UNPREDICTABILITY

GOT THE BETTER OF HIM,

AND HIS DREAM OF OPENING THE DOOR TO NORTH KOREA

MAY HAVE GONE UP IN SMOKE FOR GOOD.

- HE'S NOW BACK IN THE STATES. - IT'S OVER.

AS SOON AS DENNIS ARRIVED BACK IN AMERICA,

HE BOOKED HIMSELF STRAIGHT INTO REHAB --

IN HIS OWN WORDS, "TOO COOL OFF."

THREE WEEKS LATER, HE LEFT THE CLINIC.

NOW THAT HE'D SOBERED UP

AND HAS HAD TIME TO REFLECT ON THE TRIP,

WHAT DID HE FEEL ABOUT THE MARSHAL'S NO-SHOW?

WELL, IT'S ALL -- THAT -- THAT WAS DIFFERENT.

THEY DIDN'T WANT TO BRING HIM AROUND ME

'CAUSE I WAS TOO DOING MY THING, SO THAT'S WHY.

BUT I WAS DOING -- I WAS, YOU KNOW, DRINKING.

I WAS SO DRUNK. YOU KNOW, I'M PRETTY SURE HE WAS LIKE,

"OKAY," YOU KNOW, HE GOT TO KEEP HIS IMAGE UP.

OKAY, GREAT. I UNDERSTOOD THAT.

THAT WAS COOL. THAT WAS COOL HOW HE DID THAT.

I HAD TO DRINK TO FUCKING GET MYSELF TOGETHER.

YOU KNOW, IT WENT TO THAT FAR FOR ME,

AS TO HAVE A DRINK A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN I USUALLY DRINK,

BECAUSE I JUST DIDN'T WANT TO HEAR THE BULLSHIT, YOU KNOW?

BUT LIKE I SAY, I SURVIVED IT.

LIFE GOES ON, AND GUESS WHAT, IT'S A HAPPY DAY.

[NARRATOR] DENNIS BRUSHES OVER IT,

BUT IS HE BEING COMPLETELY HONEST WITH HIMSELF?

HE CHERISHED HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH KIM

AND KNEW THAT THIS WAS HIS CHANCE

TO SHOW THE WORLD WHAT HE COULD DO.

DENNIS ALSO APPEARED TO HAVE

A REAL AFFINITY WITH NORTH KOREA.

AT THE START OF THIS JOURNEY, IT SEEMED THAT THE D.P.R.K.

AND DENNIS RODMAN COULDN'T BE ANY MORE DIFFERENT,

BUT AS JOE EXPLAINS, THEY'RE MORE ALIKE THAN YOU MIGHT THINK.

PEOPLE ACCUSE DENNIS RODMAN OF BEING CRAZY, BEING STUPID,

AND I'LL TELL YOU, HE'S NEITHER.

HE'S ONE OF THE SMARTEST GUYS I'VE EVER MET,

ONCE I GOT TO KNOW HIM.

I DIDN'T EXPECT THAT BEFORE I MET HIM,

BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT HE HAS TROUBLE, SOMETIMES,

BEING ARTICULATE.

BUT WHEN YOU SEE HIM WORK,

IT'S JUST LIKE HE WAS ON THE FIELD,

WHEN HE'S PLAYING BASKETBALL ON THE COURT.

HE CAN PREDICT WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE,

AND HE SEES THINGS IN MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS,

SO HE'S A VERY SMART, ACTUALLY SMART GUY.

NORTH KOREA IS ACCUSED OF THE SAME DAMN THING.

NORTH KOREA -- PEOPLE SAY THEY'RE IRRATIONAL

BECAUSE THEY DON'T TAKE THE TIME TO UNDERSTAND THEIR PREMISES

AND TO UNDERSTAND HOW THEY THINK.

BUT MOST OF THE THINGS THEY DO ARE COMPLETELY LOGICAL

ONCE YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THEIR VALUE SYSTEM

AND THEIR PREMISES ARE DIFFERENT.

SO IT'S THE SAME FOR DENNIS AND NORTH KOREA,

AND IT'S THE COMMON BOND THAT UNITES THEM,

IS THAT NEITHER IS EITHER STUPID OR CRAZY.

THEY JUST ARE ACCUSED OF THAT BY THE MAINSTREAM

AND THE MAINSTREAM OPINION IN THE MEDIA.

AND SO I THINK THAT THEY BOND OVER THAT.

[NARRATOR] NOT ONLY IS HE NOT STUPID --

DENNIS RODMAN SOMEHOW BECAME THE ONE HIGH-PROFILE AMERICAN

WITH DIRECT CONTACT TO THE RULING POWER IN NORTH KOREA.

WHETHER THAT RELATIONSHIP IS GONE FOR GOOD, WE'LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE.

DENNIS HAS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS OWN ACTIONS.

BUT IF THE ESTABLISHMENT HADN'T BEEN SO TOUGH ON HIM,

THEN MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, HE WOULDN'T HAVE HIT

THE SELF-DESTRUCT BUTTON QUITE SO HARD.

THE MORE YOU KEEP GOING AT IT, THE MORE YOU KEEP GOING AT IT,

THE MORE YOU KEEP PURSUING SOMETHING, PURSUING SOMETHING,

SOONER OR LATER, SOMETHING'S GOT TO HAPPEN.

IT'S A BIG PICTURE, NOT THIS ONE.

IT'S A BIG PICTURE, OKAY?

SO, YOU KNOW, IT'S, LIKE, IT'S GONNA WORK,

AND PEOPLE DON'T OPEN THEIR EYES AND SAY, "WOW.

OKAY, GREAT, COOL."

WE COULD ACTUALLY GO TO NORTH KOREA

AND ACTUALLY SURVIVE AND ACTUALLY COME BACK,

AND ACTUALLY ARE SAYING, "WOW," YOU KNOW,

"IT'S NOT SO BAD."

BUT PEOPLE WANT TO MAKE IT LIKE THAT COUNTRY IS SO --

IT'S LIKE THE DEVIL, AND IT'S NOT.

[UPBEAT KOREAN MUSIC PLAYS]

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