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With the United States and North Korea locked in a nuclear standoff, Dennis Rodman hopes to serve as the voice of reason between the two sides.

Having visited Kim Jong-un on multiple occasions, the five-time NBA champion believes he can play a role in calming tensions between Donald Trump and the North Korea leader.

“For me to go over there and see (Kim) as much as I have, I basically hang out with him all the time,” Rodman said on “Good Morning Britain,” as transcribed by Reuters. “We laugh, we sing karaoke, we do a lot of cool things together. We ride horses, we hang out, we go skiing, we hardly ever talk politics and that’s the good thing.

“I don’t love (Kim),” he added. “I just want to try to straighten things out for everyone to get along together.”

North Korea has carried out a number of nuclear tests, leading Trump to warn of “fire and fury” in response.

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Dennis Rodman was charged Monday in connection with a hit-and-run crash.

The former Chicago Bulls star caused a collision after driving the wrong way on a California freeway on July 20, according to police.

The 55-year-old has been charged with four misdemeanor counts, including damaging property in a hit-and-run, driving a car across a dividing section, providing false information to cops, and driving without a valid license.

Rodman will be arraigned on Jan. 20, 2017, and could face a maximum jail sentence of two years if convicted.

He’s being accused of driving his Range Rover head-on toward a sedan, prompting the driver of the other vehicle to swerve away and crash.

Rodman’s also being accused of refusing to exchange information with the sedan driver, fleeing the scene before California Highway Patrol arrived, and lying to police about the incident.

 

The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls will always have a special place in the annals of NBA history as the first and only team to topple the 70-win mark during the regular season.

Only two other teams – the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, and 1996-97 Bulls – have come within an eyelash of reaching that milestone, each recording 69 victories. Last year’s Golden State Warriors – who went on to capture their first NBA championship in 40 years – came close at 67, becoming just the second team since the dawn of the new millennium to hit that mark, joining the 2006-07 Dallas Mavericks.

This year’s Warriors squad have put themselves in a position early on to entertain the possibility of winning 70 or more games, having begun the year on a 12-game winning streak. That possibility is just fine with Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman, who was a key part of that 72-win Bulls squad, and who isn’t sweating Golden State perhaps breaking the record.

“People say they’re going to go 72-10, I don’t care they can go 81-1,” Rodman said during an appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio on Thursday. “We did it first.”

Rodman also mentioned to host Justin Termine that the league was “110 percent better” when the Bulls won 72 games than it is today.

If the Warriors do manage to surpass 72 wins, they’d become the first team ever to finish a full 82-game slate with under 10 defeats, which would likely overshadow what Chicago did 20 years ago. The Bulls were also 10-2 through their first 12 games in 1995-96, so the Warriors already have a two-game cushion on the road to the record.

Golden State currently owns the NBA’s first-ranked offense (110.7 points per 100 possessions), and third-ranked defense (95.1 points allowed per 100 possessions). Add all of that to reigning MVP Stephen Curry currently playing out of his mind, and it’s difficult to imagine the Warriors even dropping consecutive games this year.

Staying healthy is of the utmost importance, however, so if Golden State can avoid major injuries, and maintain their elite status on both ends of the floor, a 70-win season (at least) could very much be in play.

What makes a good logo?

In the NBA more than anything finding a good logo for you team is important, the NBA with ticket prices lower than the other three big north american sports relies heavily on marketing and sales to drive their business so having a slick logo that the fans connect with is important for a team’s revenue stream.

So I present Smirfitt’s Speech list of the ten best logos in the National Basketball Association:

10. The Detriot Pistons: Detroit_Pistons

When the Pistons went back to their classic logo after using the modernize horse, they hit pay dirt. Red, white and blue this logo is simple yet effective.

9. The Indiana Pacers: pacers

With the recent resurrenge of popularity due to the improvement of the team on the court, this classic yet simple logo that has gone largely unchanged for the better part of the Pacers existence ranks in on our list at number 9

8. The Cleveland Cavaliers: cavs

Over the years the Cavaliers have tried many different logos and color schemes but this one seems to have finally hit the mark. Bonus points for being the best logo in Cleveland Sports.

7. The San Antonio Spurs: San_Antonio_Spurs

Very few teams can pull off the grey and black color scheme. The spurs make it work, for a team built on defence the black and white approach is reflective of the clubs all business approach on the court. Gone is the neon palette of the 90’s.

6. The Los Angeles Lakers: lakers-logo-wallpaper

It’s just one of those logos you associate with greatness in the sport of basketball, it’s also a never changing logo that stands the test of time.

5. The Boston Celtics: celtics

When your logo is essentially a leprechaun the chances people take you seriously has a lot to do with the success of your club. The Boston Celtics are one of the most successful teams in not just the NBA but all of Professional North American Sports history and this logo has been part of that brand for over a half century.

4. The Utah Jazz: jazz

When your team name is the jazz and you live in Utah which is anything but a Jazz hotbed people are left scratching thier heads but this logo fuses the so many elements with colors that reflect the outdoors found in Utah.

3. The Los Angeles Clippers: clippers

This logo is just so classy and simple, slick yet crisp. This is logo that has been around for a logo time but merchandise has begun to move quickier thanks to the popularity of the teams stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. It’s a logo that doesn’t try to do to much.

2. The Golden State Warriors: warriors

This logo is a nice change from the thunderbolt throwing titan of previous years, it’s colors are perhaps the best use of blue and gold in sports. The Golden Gate bridge reflects the two cities that have housed this franchise over it’s existence and the team is looking to become a powerhouse currently.

1. The Chicago Bulls: chicago_bulls_logo_3120

In the 1990’s this may have been the most worn and seen logo in pro sports thanks to the legacy of greatness paved the franchise’s Dynasty years that featured Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman. This logo is to basketball what the Montreal Canadiens logo is to hockey or the Yankees logo is to baseball. This logo represents teams that didn’t just win championship but teams that had no real competition while winning those championships. This logo is domiance personified.

Beijing (AFP) – Former basketball star Dennis Rodman headed to Pyongyang Monday with a group of former NBA players, saying he will not raise concerns about repression in North Korea because leader Kim Jong-Un is his friend and he loves him.

The eccentric ex-Chicago Bulls player is leading a team including retired NBA All-Stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson and Vin Baker for an exhibition game against North Korea, which is being held Wednesday to mark Kim’s birthday.

Rodman told reporters at Beijing airport that he hoped the contest could “open the doors” to “talk about certain things”.

“But I am not going to sit there and go ‘Hey guy, you are doing the wrong thing. That is not the right way to do it. He is my friend first… and I love him,” Rodman said, sprinkling his comments with expletives.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as it is officially known, is a one-party Communist state which has been ruled by the Kim dynasty since its founding.

The country has in the past been hit by famine, sometimes threatens war against South Korea and the US, and is regularly accused of human rights abuses.

The heavily tattooed Rodman has developed an unlikely relationship with the North Korean leader since making his first trip there in February, when he declared Kim a “friend for life”.

Former NBA players Doug Christie, Craig Hodges and Charles D Smith are also in Rodman’s side for the exhibition game.

Five players were travelling with Rodman on his flight to Pyongyang Monday, while another will arrive on Tuesday, one of the trip’s organisers told AFP, without giving details.

Rodman, who once dated Madonna and was married to model and actress Carmen Electra, is known as much for his piercings, ever-changing hair colours and off-court antics as his court skills.

The flamboyant ex-power forward — who once wore a wedding dress to promote one of his books — has chosen an eclectic group of former NBA players to join him in North Korea.

The Boston Celtics ordered him to seek help for his problems midway through the 2003-04 season.

Anderson, who is reported to have fathered at least seven children by five women, earlier this year appeared in a play entitled ‘The Penis Monologues’.

Both Anderson and Robinson have appeared on US reality television shows.

Craig Hodges attracted controversy when he became associated with the Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan.

He once unsuccessfully tried to sue the NBA after claiming he was discriminated against because of his outspoken views.

The young Kim, who was educated in Switzerland, is reported to be a keen basketball fan and especially of the Chicago Bulls, for whom Rodman played a key role in winning three NBA titles alongside Michael Jordan in the 1990s.

Rodman, who is making his fourth visit to Pyongyang, made his last trip shortly before Christmas, when he trained the North Korean players.

He did not meet Kim on that trip, but said at Beijing airport Monday that “this time you are going to see me with him the whole time”.

Earlier last year, he visited the North with the Harlem Globetrotters, as part of what he describes as “basketball diplomacy”.

Last month Kim had his uncle and former mentor Jang Song-Thaek executed. “I am not worried about his uncle,” Rodman said in Beijing in response to questions about the move.

Rodman routinely distances himself from political events in the country.

The player known as “The Worm” is one of the few Westerners to have met Kim, who took over following the death of his father Kim Jong-Il.