Rock On: Rodman for President

Published: Monday, March 4 2013 4:35 p.m. MST

In this Sunday March 3, 2013, photo provided by ABC television "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos, left, interviews former NBA star Dennis Rodman, just back from a visit with North Korea's young leader Kim Jong Un, in studio in New York. Kim Jong Un doesn't really want war with the superpower, just a call from President Barack Obama to chat about their shared love of basketball, says erstwhile diplomat Rodman."He loves basketball. ... I said Obama loves basketball. Let's start there" as a way to warm up relations between U.S. and North Korea", Rodman said.

ABC Television, Lorenzo Bevilacqua, Associated Press

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DRESSED DOWN

Jazz forward Marvin Williams passed reporters on his way to the locker room last week wearing a torn T-shirt.

Asked to elaborate, he said it was the work of former Atlanta teammate Zaza Pachulia. What began as a prank evolved into a tradition of ripping one another’s shirt.

Rock On is down with that, but did the Hawks — who won 102-91 — really have to de-pants the Jazz, too?

WORM DIPLOMACY

Dennis Rodman is back from a combined HBO documentary and "basketball diplomacy" trip to North Korea.

Reports said the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, was a Bulls fan back in the day.

“It’s my first time, I think it’s most of these guys’ first time here, so hopefully everything’s going to be OK...” Rodman told reporters beforehand.

Duh! Like it’s not always OK when Rodman steps out.

A SPACE ODYSSEY

After the trip, Rodman called Kim "awesome" and “a friend for life.”

Meanwhile, the State Department hastened to clarify that Rodman was not an official representative of the United States.

Technically he's a representative of the planet Zordok, isn't he?

BARRIER BREAKER

Rodman said on ABC’s “This Week”: "[Kim] loves basketball. And I said the same thing, I said: 'Obama loves basketball.' Let's start there."

Rock On predicts this will one day rank in history along with “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

TIME TESTED

The Golden State Warriors tested their new uniforms on Feb. 23 with a surprise win over San Antonio.

Asked his opinion on the unusual T-shirt-style jerseys, Patrick Ewing allegedly said, “Unusual?”

EMPIRE BUILDERS

The New York Yankees recently won the legal rights to the nickname “Baseball’s Evil Empire.”

In other news, the Miami Marlins are rumored to be seeking legal rights to the slogan “Baseball that Doesn't Matter.”

KIDS’ STUFF

Fauja Singh, a 101-year-old man from India, recently finished running a 6.2-mile race along the Hong Kong Marathon course. He completed a full marathon at age 100.

According to Rock On sources, 50-year-old free agent pitcher Jamie Moyer said: "This man is a total inspiration to kids like me everywhere."

SHEAR CONFIDENCE

A Nebraska man appeared on “The Rachael Ray Show” last week to cut off a mullet he had been wearing for 30 years.

According Rock On sources, former pitcher Randy Johnson responded: “Yes! I beat him by six months!”

Email: rock@desnews.com; Twitter: therockmonster

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