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Dennis, let's talk some more ...

By Chris Cuomo, CNN
updated 7:27 AM EST, Fri January 31, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Chris Cuomo will talk with Dennis Rodman during CNN's New Day on Friday
  • Rodman entered rehab after returning from a controversial trip to North Korea
  • During that trip, Rodman launched into an outburst while being interviewed by Cuomo
  • Rodman later apologized and said he had been drinking

Watch Chris Cuomo talk to Dennis Rodman live on CNN's New Day at 8 a.m. ET Friday

(CNN) -- It may be more important to tell you what is not motivating my trip to see Dennis Rodman.

I am not looking to spar about his "friend," the much-maligned ruler of North Korea, or to debate the merits of basketball diplomacy in that country when I sit down to talk with him live Friday morning.

Dennis can speak to an issue that is a bigger threat to our country than Kim Jong Un: addiction.

Rodman may be in the fight of and for his life, and it is a battle all too familiar these days.

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During his Hall of Fame basketball career, Dennis Rodman was known for his flashy looks on and off the court. Here, Rodman sports the logo of the Chicago Bulls, who he won the NBA title with in 1996, 1997 and 1998. During his Hall of Fame basketball career, Dennis Rodman was known for his flashy looks on and off the court. Here, Rodman sports the logo of the Chicago Bulls, who he won the NBA title with in 1996, 1997 and 1998.
Dennis Rodman: Hoops, hair and tattoos
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Dennis Rodman: Hoops, hair and tattoos Dennis Rodman: Hoops, hair and tattoos
Dennis Rodman sings "Happy Birthday" to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before an exhibition basketball game in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Wednesday, January 8. In his latest round of "basketball diplomacy," Rodman made his fourth visit to North Korea, one of the world's most totalitarian states, to participate in a basketball game between North Korea and a team of former NBA players. Dennis Rodman sings "Happy Birthday" to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before an exhibition basketball game in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Wednesday, January 8. In his latest round of "basketball diplomacy," Rodman made his fourth visit to North Korea, one of the world's most totalitarian states, to participate in a basketball game between North Korea and a team of former NBA players.
Dennis Rodman's trips to North Korea
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Photos: Dennis Rodman in N. Korea Photos: Dennis Rodman in N. Korea

I want to talk to him about that, his recent bottom, what has kept him from sobriety. And hopefully he is willing to talk about the challenges and the benefits of rehab, as readily as he discusses the virtues of his despot "friend."

Maybe that friendship has metaphoric value for Rodman: keeping cozy with his own demons, abusing drugs to hide from himself -- just as he hid from the reality of that country and its ruler?

Too far? Probably, but he is face-to-face with a battle that too many are fighting and losing. I want to see how much fight the hardwood warrior has in him to get sober and treat his illness.

I hope he is as fired up about his future as he was in our last interview about defending his friend.

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The last time we talked it was earlier this month while he was in Pyongyang for a basketball game on Kim's birthday.

I didn't intend to get into a joust with the former NBA star, but believe it or not, Rodman is the U.S. citizen with the most direct line to a dictator with nuclear weapons, and I needed to ask him some questions about the political nature of his trip.

So I asked him about the plight of prisoner Kenneth Bae, and his antics made headlines.

He said later he was drunk during the interview and when he got back to the United States, he checked into a rehab center.

This time we're going to talk in person. I want to know, I want to see for myself, how he's doing in the biggest battle of his life.

What do you think I should ask him? Reach out to me on Facebook or Twitter.

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