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The worm turns

Dennis Rodman didn’t meet Kim Jong-un on this trip to North Korea, but here’s what he did do

Dennis Rodman, the flamboyant ex-NBA star who seems to have struck up a surprising friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has just departed the reclusive nation.

While Rodman did not meet Kim—or hold his baby—as he did on a previous visit, there is some great photographic evidence of some of his activities in one of the world’s most repressed nations.

Rodman’s primary task was “training” North Korean basketball players ahead of a planned game, featuring 12 former NBA players, that would mark Kim’s birthday January 8.

Practice in Pyongyang AP/David Guttenfelder

Such basketball-related images have been widely circulated, but a look at Tweets posted by Michael Spavor, a Canadian business consultant who has assisted Rodman in visiting the country during previous visits, shows a bit more of Rodman’s trip.

While the 6 foot, 7-inch Rodman towered over most people he met in Pyongyang, “The Worm” actually encountered someone who made him look short: 7 foot, 8 1/2-inch tall North Korean Ri Myong-hun, an ex-basketball player who was once the world’s tallest man.

Rodman also did some horse riding:

And met an archery team:

Rodman visited the Koryo Hotel

At the Koryo Hotel. AP/David Guttenfelder

…and a water park:

Rodman showed off his local sartorial sense, too, getting decked out in what appeared to be a North Korean-style suit—and a Boston Red Sox baseball cap:

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