For long-suffering Knick fans, who could forget the enduring image of 6’10” Bridgeport hometown hero Charles Smith missing layups with Scottie Pippen hanging on his back and Michael Jordan in and out of his jock. What a nightmare 20 years ago. Now on a mission to North Korea on behalf of Dennis Rodman’s man crush for Kim Jong Un, Smith has expressed remorse for the trip. But Charles, what about missing those layups? Now that’s worthy of remorse.
From the Associated Press:
Former NBA star Charles D. Smith says he feels remorse for coming to Pyongyang with Dennis Rodman for a game on the North Korean leader’s birthday because the event has been dwarfed by politics and tainted by Rodman’s own comments.
Smith and other former NBA players are scheduled to play with Rodman against a team of North Koreans on Wednesday that organizers say leader Kim Jong Un is expected to attend. Many of the players on Tuesday privately expressed second thoughts about going ahead because of an outpouring of criticism back home in the United States.
Smith, who played for the New York Knicks, said the North Korea trip has been dwarfed by politics and Rodman’s frequent boasts about his close friendship with Kim.
“What we are doing is positive, but it is getting dwarfed by the other circumstances around it,” Smith told The Associated Press. “Apparently our message is not being conveyed properly due to the circumstances that are much bigger than us, and I think that has to do with politics and government.”
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