Dennis Rodman — the basketball Hall of Famer turned diplomatic enthusiast — said Wednesday that he wants to be NBA’s ambassador to China amid the growing fallout between the league and foreign nation.
“Commissioner Adam Silver,” Rodman said in a video message he posted to Twitter. “I know a thing or two about diplomacy.”
“Book me a ticket to Shanghai with you.”
Rodman’s suggestion comes as the NBA’s business partnership with China has been under duress ever since Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for Hong Kong protesters.
His remarks, coupled with Silver’s response to them, have angered many in mainland China.
Morey’s tweet drew immediate condemnation from the Chinese Basketball Association, which as a result severed its ties with the team.
China has carried out other forms of protest to express its frustration, including ripping down NBA banners in Shanghai promoting Thursday’s scheduled exhibition game between the Nets and Lakers.
Rodman, in his video, held a photograph in each hand.
One with him and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un — the other of him and President Donald Trump.
The former Chicago Bulls star, who over the years has developed a bromance with Kim, has taken credit for US diplomacy with North Korea.
“Without me, Donald Trump would have never did that,” Rodman told Page Six earlier this year, referring to the historic June 2018 Trump-Kim summit in Singapore.
Rodman added, “I made it more comfortable for people to go over there and talk to this kid. That guy is awesome, man. To me, Kim Jong Un is awesome … He’s protecting his country.”