“I’m calling on the Supreme Leader of North Korea, or as I call him, ‘Kim,’ to do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose.”
– Dennis Rodman attempting to call in a chit with his new friend, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, asking for the release of Kenneth Bae, a Korean American detained last fall after he crossed the border into the north and sentenced last week to 15 years. Well, this will be a test of the attention-craving NBA legend’s little basketball diplomacy efforts. “Do me a solid”? One expert tells our colleague Max Fisher the most useful translation that Kim might understand equates to “look at my face,” a Korean expression used to ask a friend for a huge favor.