The New Zealand national rugby team has been performing the Haka for over a century. Known as the All Blacks, the squad has carried out the traditional Maori dance that features yelling, stomping feet and, yes, tongues sticking out since 1905. In recent years, other Kiwi teams have participated in the ritual, including the national basketball team. Such was the case Tuesday in a matchup with Team USA during the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
The face of Harden watching the New Zealand Haka pic.twitter.com/yHSjTRlIxB
— Andrea Barocci (@AndreaBarocci) September 2, 2014
Faried raised an eyebrow. As for the game itself, the American were not intimidated by the Haka, winning 98-71. But, oh those expressions.