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Former NBA star Dennis Rodman said Thursday he is hoping a basketball game he is organising in North Korea could "engage" the American people and US President Barack Obama. "Sport is so important to people around the world so I hope this is going to engage the American people, especially Obama," the eccentric former Chicago Bulls star told reporters at Beijing airport, on his way to Pyongyang. Rodman is organising an exhibition game between North Korea and a team of mainly ex-NBA players on January 8, to mark the birthday of reclusive leader Kim Jong-Un. The young ruler, 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.