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The men who followed Rodman to North Korea

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 6, 2014 at 5:48 pm •  Published: January 6, 2014
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Say these things for Dennis Rodman: He likes going to North Korea, and likes bringing a bit of a side show with him.

Last year, it was the Harlem Globetrotters.

This year, it's, well, should we call them the Rodmaneers?

Some of the six former NBA players who accompanied Rodman on this trip with plans for a game against North Korean players on Wednesday — the day believed to be the birthday of the nation's leader, Kim Jong Un — have what might best be described as colorful pasts, often caused by some major financial difficulties.

There's a father of seven kids with five different women. The former high school coach who was fired after a DUI. The guy who once owned 10 cars and spent $75,000 a year on insurance alone before declaring bankruptcy.

And that's all referring to Kenny Anderson.

Cliff Robinson, Vin Baker, Sleepy Floyd, Doug Christie and Charles D. Smith have also joined Rodman for the trip, his fourth and from the way he's talking, probably not his last.

What they're making on this trip is a mystery: Expenses are covered, Smith said, but it's unknown if they'll be getting appearance fees or anything along those lines. And security is said to be provided by the North Korean Olympic Committee, which has guaranteed the Americans safe passage in and out of the nation.

Here's a look at the Rod-men:

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KENNY ANDERSON

Was a high school coach in South Florida not long ago, before a DUI cost him that job. It wasn't like his team was any good — one game was a 78-7 loss — but Anderson talked about how thankful he was to still be in the game and how it could lead to bigger opportunities. It's believed he made about $65 million in NBA salary, but even that couldn't keep him from bankruptcy and other financial issues.

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VIN BAKER

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