North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and former NBA star DennisRodman watch North Korean and U.S. players in an exhibition basketball game at an arena in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Rodman arrived in Pyongyang on Monday with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team to shoot an episode on North Korea for a new weekly HBO series. (AP Photo/VICE Media, Jason Mojica) North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman watching an exhibition in Pyongyang, North Korea in February.  (Jason Mojica/AP Photo/VICE Media)

“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.

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