TOKYO - Dennis Rodman, the ex-NBA star and current buddy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, wouldn't reveal when his next visit to Pyongyang will be, but did give curious reporters one prediction: the Lakers haven't got a chance this season.
Rodman, in Tokyo on Friday to promote a Japanese cable network's coverage of the upcoming NBA season, refused to take any questions about his plans for more visits to North Korea, which he has already visited twice.
He says he has become friends with leader Kim, whom few foreigners have been allowed to meet, and the two even watched a basketball game together in Pyongyang. The former Chicago Bulls star has said he wants to go back to help train North Korean players and perhaps bring in other former NBA players for an exhibition.
"That's (for) some other time," he said when asked about those plans.
But while Rodman kept quiet on North Korea, he did say he was pretty sure of one thing.
"We know that the Miami Heat, that's the best team," he said. "The Lakers, no chance."
The season opens next week.
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