VIDEO: Australian NBA Stars Stare Down Terrifying Haka Like Bosses
The 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship kicked off on Saturday with Game 1 between Australia and New Zealand, and some familiar NBA faces were treated to a formidable and inspiring pregame haka.
The haka is without question the most effective non-violent intimidation tactic on the planet. For those of you that are unfamiliar, the haka is a traditional war dance performed by natives of New Zealand.
"The haka is a type of ancient Māori war dance traditionally used on the battlefield, as well as when groups came together in peace. Haka are a fierce display of a tribe's pride, strength and unity. Actions include violent foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant. The words of a haka often poetically describe ancestors and events in the tribe's history." - via NewZealand.com
Of course New Zealand sports teams have adopted the haka as part of their pregame rituals, exposing the incredibly powerful and breathtaking tradition to fans around the world. Here are NBA stars Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova and the rest of their Australian teammates linking arms and doing a fantastic job of not looking scared as all hell while their opponents get ready to battle on the court.
The best part about this is that you know these poor Australians have had to endure this so many times; just standing there arm-in-arm while massive, hulking men stomp, chant and yell in their faces. They deserve credit for staring that down without so much as a wince; especially since Australia actually went on to win the game handily with a final score of 71-59.
Good on you, Australia.
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