New Zealand's Haka v USA - Amazing Moment - 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup

The New Zealand basketball team had something special in store for the Spanish crowd at the FIBA basketball world cup. Prior to their match against USA, the entire team performed the ‘Haka Dance’.

The Haka is a traditional Maori dance from New Zealand and the version which the sports teams, most notably the rugby team, perform is the Ka Mate version.

So why exactly do the teams perform the Haka dance? The war-cry of the New Zealand team is often believed to intidimate the opponents.

Although, the basketball team could not replicate the performance on the court, the dance received a standing ovation from the crowd as well as the American players.

The dance was started a rugby tradition back in 1900 and has been since performed just prior to the start of the rugby match. The rugby team’s Haka dance is a sight to behold!


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