Kim Jong Un and Trump have been going back and forth for a while now regarding nuclear negotiations. Trump has even walked away from the negotiating table when Kim wouldn’t agree to full denuclearization. It seems, however, that Trump has forgotten Kim’s love of basketball.
Maybe Rodman is to Blame
It’s important to look at a bit of history in terms of Kim Jong Un’s love of basketball. He has had quite the friendship with former Chicago Bulls player, Dennis Rodman. The two of them met during a Harlem Globetrotters event many years ago. Since then, the two have formed a friendship, with Rodman visiting North Korea on more than one occasion.
However, it’s actually long before Rodman that Kim Jong Un had a love of basketball. Kim’s father idolized Michael Jordan and built basketball courts for his sons to play on. Kim grew up with Jordan posters in his bedroom. The royals even have a video library of almost every Chicago Bulls game featuring Jordan.
Madeleine Albright, Former Secretary of State, even presented the elder Kim with a signed basketball from Michael Jordan.
The Request to Meet Basketball Players
Kim Jong Un has requested some time with famous basketball players, most likely those from the Chicago Bulls, sent to North Korea. He wants to spend some time with the players. In exchange, he’ll consider denuclearization and continue negotiations with the United States.
This request was made in writing. North Korean officials have backed up the request, stating that Kim has insisted that it be a part of the joint statement.
Kim may be a dictator that is capable of murder, but his hobby of basketball is no joke. It may be exactly what’s needed to focus on the negotiations.
Kim hasn’t named any specific players that he wants to meet. However, he has identified that he wants them to be famous, so sending over a bunch of benchwarmers isn’t going to cut it. With his history of basketball, it’s likely that at least a few of the players will need to be from the Chicago Bulls. The NBA players would need to agree to go over to North Korea, too, which may take a little convincing.
Trump may have to lean on Rodman to help with the negotiations. Rodman’s friendship with Kim Jong Un may be exactly what’s needed to learn a bit more about the hobby as well as to convince the players that it’s the right move for America.
The Break the US Needs
The tensions between the United States and North Korea have been on the rise in the past few months. Although negotiations have been taking place, Trump wants Kim to agree to full denuclearization.
Kim isn’t playing around. He has already launched three missiles in the past week. He has told his military that they need to be in “full combat posture” which is bad news for anyone in the crosshairs. The missiles were short-range, for now, but who knows what Kim may be up to.
However, Kim Jong Un isn’t fully unreasonable. He knows what he wants. He’s even told the United States what he wants. Most political figures would be looking for a way to make life better for their people at the negotiating table. For Kim Jong Un, it’s simple.
He wants to meet some famous NBA players because he loves basketball. He hasn’t provided any details beyond that, so it’s up to Trump and the rest of the United States to figure out how to make sure that it’s a sweet enough deal that Kim agrees to denuclearization.
Ryan Arcidiacono, Justin Holiday, Jabari Parker, and Wendell Carter Jr. are some of the best Bulls players on the roster right now, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a shock if they’re tapped for a visit to North Korea.
Choosing a few top players from some of the other NBA teams around the country may be a good idea, too.
They can plan on spending a few days in North Korea, chatting it up with Kim and even playing a game at one of his home courts.
Trump’s been given insight into what Kim wants to make the deal.
All he has to do is figure out what players to send over.
The more players he sends, the more it could put Kim into a good mood.
He may stop launching the short-range missiles and agree to denuclearization once and for all. All we have to do is feed his hobby of basketball to get him to reason with us.