FIBA Action

Here’s how the New Zealand basketball team came out versus Team USA in their recent basketball game:

Here are highlights from the game that followed:

Thank goodness it wasn’t rugby.

9 thoughts on “FIBA Action

  1. Mark September 3, 2014 / 8:56 pm

    Can someone interpret the interpretive dance for me? Not sure what it was supposed to mean.

    • Brooks D. Simpson September 3, 2014 / 10:13 pm

      For the history and significance of the haka dance, look here.

      There’s been discussion recently as to whether the basketball team’s use of it has been excessive and devalued the dance. It has traditionally been linked in sports to the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team. I’ve read that it’s also done by the ice hockey team. I can just imagine the reaction to that.

      • msb September 3, 2014 / 11:44 pm

        Yes, I think it would look pretty silly on the ice. I’ve always loved watching the All Blacks do the haka, however, and it’s nice to see a “national dance” drawing on indigenous traditions but involving all ethnic groups. I saw a very moving one done by the New Zealand army to receive comrades killed in Iraq/Afghanistan.

        The best part of this film is watching the reactions of the American players before they go on to win the game handily. Can we say, courteous but bemused?

      • John Foskett September 4, 2014 / 7:18 am

        Yep – only the Blacks do it in the NZIHF and IIRC it’s only for international games. Maybe the Isles should trot it out during their final year in Uniondale.🙂

  2. Rosemary September 4, 2014 / 12:28 am

    I’m just glad we won…

  3. Pat Young September 4, 2014 / 8:14 am

    Very nice. Non-white people have done white dances (ballet etc) for centuries.

  4. Salvador Litvak September 4, 2014 / 8:40 am

    From an audience standpoint – and I believe the audience is quite relevant to an internationally televised game – the haka was the highlight of the match. As a matter of fact, I’d like to see a FIHA Cup!

  5. Buck Buchanan September 4, 2014 / 11:00 am

    This performance of the haka performed by soldiers of the NZ Royal Infantry Regiment, was at teh funeral procession of one fo their fallen comrades from Afghanistan

    On a lighter note, as a Scotsman, I do think this is the appropriate repsponse to the haka.

    And I bet Anthony Davis’ eyebrow and James Hardin’s beard probably threw the Kiwis off their game.

    • Nancy Winkler September 4, 2014 / 3:49 pm

      That’s precious!

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