New Zealand Basketball Team’s Haka Dance Baffles Team USA

PHOTO: New Zealand basketball players perform a normal haka dance before a teams diversion opposite a United States in a Basketball World Cup, Sept. 2, 2014.

New Zealand’s basketball group chanted and posed, stomping brazen and stamping a justice in a normal haka dance.

The U.S. players paused during their warmups, amused and intrigued.

The stage played out before Tuesday’s FIBA Basketball World Cup matchup.

U.S. manager Mike Krzyzewski pronounced his group was wakeful of a protocol and they lined adult to face midcourt as a New Zealand players got into their formation.

“We indeed were going to shake hands with them thereafter since we knew that that was a unequivocally neat thing to do and it’s partial of their tradition, and we admire that,” Krzyzewski said.

After a dance concluded, a United States players clapped, afterwards focused on a indirect game, winning 98-71.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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