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Team USA comically seems at a loss over New Zealand’s pregame Haka dance (video)


The U.S. men’s basketball team faced off against New Zealand on Tuesday at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Before the opening tip, the New Zealand players presented the country’s traditional Haka dance, leaving the players on Team USA, including Derrick Rose, Kenneth Faried and James harden (above), completely confused and somewhat baffled over what they had just witnessed.

Ultimately, the dance, the origins of which are inspired by the war dance traditionally done by New Zealand’s Maori people, is routinely performed by New Zealand sports teams, primarily by the All Blacks rugby team, didn’t have the intimidating effects intended, as Team USA handled New Zealand with relative ease, winning by a score of 98-71.

But it sure made for great theater.

(top image via With Leather)