Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports

While the United States Men’s Basketball Team just wrapped off a training camp of sorts, other national teams are already in action. On the other side of the world, the New Zealand National Team faced off, literally, with the Australian National Team.

Before the game action started, the New Zealanders did their traditional cultural dance, which involves lots of yelling, lots of intensity, and lots of up-close-and-personal death stares. With the Australian team standing together, arms linked, the Tall Blacks of New Zealand fully committed to their routine which led to some awkward moments of an invasion of personal space:

It was impressive Dellavedova, Bogut, and company were able to maintain their composure and not even crack a smile; but these two countries are long-time rivals so the Australians are probably used to the routine. Australia would go on to win the game 71-59.

By the way, if you want to see New Zealand do this dance in front of the US team, check out the video below. It is from the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball (and James Harden’s expression is priceless).


Ross Kelly is an Associated Producer for CBS Local Sports. He is from Louisiana and is a fan of all sports, but not of any teams (except LSU). He can be reached at