The Dennis Rodman "Starting Five Dictators, Living or Dead" Contest



The high point (or low point, depending on one’s perspective) of Dennis Rodman’s September press conference came at the 26:45 mark when stand-up-comedian-turned-FOX-Sports-1-Crowd-Goes-Wild-co-anchor Michael Kosta, used his press credentials to ask Ambassador R to name his “starting five dictators, living or dead.” Regrettably, Paddy Power snatched the mike away before the Worm could answer.

But at the Witness to Transformation blog, we aim to please.  And in response to a reader complaint that the ongoing Rodman Roster contest may not actually generate a winner, since the World Peace Basketball exhibition in Pyongyang may not eventuate, we felt obliged to come up with a new, additional, contest where a winner is guaranteed (assuming that there are entries): The Dennis Rodman “Starting Five Dictators, Living or Dead” Contest.

Like ice dancing at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, entries will be judged partially on style points. So for example, former Ugandan strongman Idi Amin was a pretty big fella (6’ 4”) and boxed in his youth, so one can imagine him at power forward. But a team is unlikely to get very far with Togo’s diminutive Gnassingbé Eyadéma playing center, though if he took off his sunglasses, he might make an adequate point guard.

So be creative and come up with your starting five tyrants, and explain why they might function effectively together in hoops. Contest ends 31 October, and the winner receives an autographed copy of Hard Target: Sanctions, Inducements, and the North Korea Problem!

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