By Jeff Case
The NBA is truly an international league, as 100 players from around the world were on opening-night rosters this season. Eight players in the NBA — Cameron Bairstow, Matthew Dellavedova, Kyrie Irving, Aron Baynes, Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills, Joe Ingles and Dante Exum — hail from Austraila.
Yesterday was Australia Day, and as such, players from the Cavs and Jazz took it upon themselves to celebrate it.
The Cavs went all-in on Australia day with Dellavedova, having him teach teammates some Australian words …
VIDEO: Dellavedova teaches teammates some Australian words
… and had him address the crowd before the game.
VIDEO: Dellavedova addresses the crowd
Cleveland also had Austrailan pop singer Cody Simpson sing the Australian National Anthem last night, too.
VIDEO: Cody Simpson sings Australian National Anthem
(For comparison’s sake, here is Starters co-host Leigh Ellis belting out the Australian National Anthem, too)
VIDEO: Leigh Ellis sings the Australian National Anthem
And, lastly, the Jazz had Ingles and Exum wish their fellow Australians well on the holiday. You’ve gotta love how Ingles does his best to troll Exum throughout the whole segment …
VIDEO: Exum, Ingles wish you a Happy Australia Day