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Video: Rodman Sinks To New Low, Sings Happy Birthday To North Korean Leader

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Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman of the US (centre L) gestures as he has a drink while checking in for his flight to North Korea at Beijing's international airport on January 6, 2014.  Rodman, who visited Pyongyang in December, will visit North Korea  (Photo credit WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman of the US (centre L) gestures as he has a drink while checking in for his flight to North Korea at Beijing’s international airport on January 6, 2014. Rodman, who visited Pyongyang in December, will visit North Korea (Photo credit WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) – Dennis Rodman has sung “Happy Birthday” to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before leading a squad of former NBA stars onto the court at a Pyongyang stadium for a game Rodman said is part of his “basketball diplomacy” with the North that has been heavily criticized in the United States.

Rodman dedicated the game Wednesday to his “best friend” Kim, who along with his wife and other senior officials and their wives watched from a special seating area.

The capacity crowd of about 14,000 clapped loudly as Rodman sang a verse from the birthday song.

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, Charles D. Smith and four streetballers.

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