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Dennis Rodman checked into alcohol rehab center

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Dennis Rodman checked into an alcohol rehabilitation center, but doesn't plan to give up drinking, according to the Associated Press.

"I needed to decompress from all the things I was going through," Rodman said Friday by phone from Miami. "I was trying to get this game going and get everything going in North Korea.

"It was a lot."

Rodman has recently made multiple trips to North Korea, organization basketball games with other professionals. Highly controversial, many of the players regretted participating.

Upon his return, Rodman spent three weeks in a New Jersey-based rehab center.

He said he'll return every few months to the facility to "see where I'm at." But he doesn't intend to give up drinking, but more to just use it to evaluate himself.

"I don't need to drink," he said. "I don't need to do anything. I went to rehab just to sort things out. That's it."

"I'm not an alcoholic," he said. "An alcoholic drinks seven days a week. I don't drink seven days a week. When I drink, I don't hurt nobody, I don't have no DUIs, nothing like that.

"I didn't go to rehab for drinking. There aren't too many people who quit drinking going to rehab. Not too many people can do that."

Rodman also said he intends to return again to North Korea.

"The people over there are not bad people," he said.

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