The haka dance is a traditional New Zealand war cry, made famous internationally by the All Blacks rugby squad. I think that last thing that the Team USA basketball team expected was to see the haka broken out prior to their game on Tuesday at the FIBA World Cup.
New Zealand's basketball team pulls out the haka dance against Team USA
Mr. Madden @PSDRedZone | Sep 3
...but that is exactly what the New Zealand Tall Blacks did:
I don't think the haka works as well on the basketball court as it does on the rugby pitch (especially on this day as Team USA predictably destroyed the Tall Blacks 98-71), but still a fun moment to watch. A bunch of skinny dudes trying to be intimidating just isn't the same as a bunch of jacked up rugby players.
I think the perfect word to describe the reaction by Team USA players is "bewilderment"
For reference purposes...this is how the haka is supposed to be done:
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