Dennis Rodman to Take Former NBA Players to North Korea

(Courtesy: KABC, CNN)

(Courtesy: KABC, CNN)

(CNN) — Seems like Dennis Rodman can’t get enough of North Korea.

The retired basketball star is headed to the reclusive country for the third time on December 18. He’ll spend several days helping train the North Korean basketball team, who will play at least one exhibition game against former NBA players in January, according to Paddy Power, the UK-based online betting company sponsoring Rodman’s trip.

The heavily pierced and tattooed icon will be traveling with a documentary crew, Paddy Power spokesman Rory Scott said.

But it’s not clear whether Rodman, 52, will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom Rodman calls “a very good guy” — despite international condemnation of the country’s human rights record.

“You have a friend for life,” Rodman told Kim after the two men sat next to each other watching an unusual basketball exhibition in Pyongyang in February.

Even though Rodman has made very clear he is not an official diplomat between the United States and North Korea, he said he believes in “basketball diplomacy.”

“I’m not a politician,” he tweeted. “Kim Jung Un & North Korean people are basketball fans. I love everyone. Period. End of story.”

Scott said the names of the former NBA players Rodman has drafted to play in January will be released sometime next week.