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Andre Iguodala mocks haka, Steven Adams demands respect

Sep 3, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT


Before beating New Zealand in the World Cup yesterday, Team USA looked pretty bewildered by the Kiwis’ haka. I thought the dance was cool and the Americans’ response amusing.

Andre Iguodala, an American but not a member of the World Cup team, joked he wasn’t at all impressed.

In a since deleted tweet, Steven Adams – a New Zealand native who’s also not playing in the tournament – wrote:

@andre show some respect for my culture.

I have no idea whether Adams was jokingly poking Iguodala or seriously offended. The Thunder center can be both a laid-back jokester and a havoc-inducing enforcer, and he has reason to resent Iguodala (either seriously or not).

I’m pretty confident Iguodala intended his tweet to be lighthearted, and it was unusually direct for someone whose tweets are typically extremely cryptic.

If there’s any real animosity between the two, Golden State-Oklahoma City games could get even more fun next season – if that’s possible. Last season, the Warriors won 116-15 and the Thunder won 113-112 (overtime) and 127-121 in the series.

  1. campcouch - Sep 3, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    And I quote,”New Zealand thought they dance was gone intimidate us…. That ain’t nothing but the A town stump”

    Grammar Police, arrest that man!

    • ProBasketballPundit - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      You’re right, he totally misspelled goan.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        Good one.

    • nomoreliesfortoday - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      And people wonder how things like the Mike Brown shooting happen. There are two different languages being spoken in America.

  2. blogsk3tball - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    I wonder how iggy would of felt if Adams did a black faces or slaves parody.

    The players are quick to kick up a stink about Sterling being a racist, yet show no inclination to offer the respect they feel so robbed of, to another culture.

    • patfic5 - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      Adams would already be suspended, if not banned.

    • longtallsam - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      While we are on grammar, what is this, using “would of” instead of “would have” or “would’ve”? Have seen it several times on here recently, and it sounds really bad.

    • mikerome64 - Sep 4, 2014 at 3:08 AM

      You’re reaching with the comparison. Not even close.

      • nomoreliesfortoday - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:15 AM

        @mikerome64 – ahhh, so some cultures deserve respect(like American Black Culture) while others can be mocked(New Zealand Native Culture) and its not even close.

        Okay, sure.

      • imakcds - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:55 AM

        the subject is grammar, not, cultural dialect, so why is incorrect grammar a reach?

    • rehabguy - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      Not even close…

  3. fnc111 - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Go live somewhere else Adams.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      Australia’s close by.

  4. titansbro - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Tweet beef!!!!!!

  5. eagles512 - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    They looked like idiots. If it’s a cultural thing, fine. But the fact that they did it in the direction of the US team and stared and all made them look idiotic.

    • 00maltliquor - Sep 4, 2014 at 2:06 AM

      I know right. I don’t know how they do it over there but over here in the States we call that taunting and disrespectful showboating.

      Could you imagine Joey Crawford being the ref for a game where one whole team did that before the jump ball!!? Joey whould blow a gasket and the whole team would be sent to the locker room. The whole game would have to be forfeited!

    • jtk1985 - Sep 4, 2014 at 3:58 AM

      I mean you realize that thats exactly the purpose of it. Its a pre competition ritual going back over 100 years. And honestly its pretty cool to see the cultural differences of the teams in FIBA and the fact that the players buy into it.

      • papichulo55 - Sep 4, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        I agree that FIBA fans were rewarded with an very interesting cultural exhibition. The USA FIBA players on the court responded perfectly. I think that the Igoudala tweet was a good-natured, tongue-in-cheek, ‘So happy that I didn’t have to be there for that’ response to the good-natured taunting. But lets be honest, it is taunting.

        Bottom line is that the rules of the game should precede the cultural practices of the players. Otherwise, we can expect certain teams to demand that a female ref wear a Burqa!?

      • Lujah - Sep 5, 2014 at 4:28 AM

        “the rules of the game should precede the cultural practices of the players”

        ding, ding, ding.

    • imakcds - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      eagles512 correctly identifies it as a cultural thing, then refuses to respect the culture making himself look idiotic.

      • Lujah - Sep 5, 2014 at 4:34 AM

        “It’s a cultural thing” means automatically respect and accept? No thank you. You can keep your weak minded view for yourself. I don’t care if it’s your culture. They made themselves look idiotic and what they were doing was out of place and disrespectful. It has no place in professional sports. Do it to other teams in your own league not my team. It was nothing cool or interesting about it.

      • imakcds - Sep 6, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        Respect begets Respect, so it’s obvious Lujah and eagles certainly don’t get none

      • Lujah - Sep 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM

        That was weak anyway yeah their intimidation tactic was disrespectful and ridiculous and doesn’t deserve respect.

  6. smiddlefish - Sep 4, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    15 points in a game? thats a pretty poor effort by OKC

  7. gameisours - Sep 4, 2014 at 3:01 AM

    …. And curry nails a three

  8. nokoolaidcowboy - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    I love seeing this, it’s cultural and we could all use a little exposure to other cultures. It pumps the team up and in some cases pumps the other side up as well.

    In sports — guys high five, fist bump, do the angry pep talk and in some cases face slap! Take it for what it is, they’re saying they are going to whup you, and so it’s up to you not to let that happen. It’s all good!

  9. canadatude - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Football team at Alabama used to do a similar “Alabama Breakdown” before their games.

  10. canadatude - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Team at U of Hawaii does the Haka before games.

  11. kamauthabiti - Sep 4, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    isn’t this the same New Zealand who murdered most of the original inhabitants who were Black people.

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