ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA mascots aren’t just huge fuzzy unidentifiable creatures. Somewhere underneath all that fur, they are people, who have ideas and plans and sometimes get injured. The Detroit Pistons have a mascot called Hooper. Hooper is a horse, which doesn’t really have anything to do with a piston, other than in a circuitous way — a piston makes horsepower, so why not a horse?
The last few days have been surprisingly eventful for Hooper. When the Pistons hosted the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, Hooper tried to walk through the Nets players during warm-ups, when Andray Blatche led a collective of Nets players in a surprise attack against Hooper. To his credit, Hooper got his revenge.
VIDEO: Nets attack Hooper
Then yesterday, when the Pistons hosted the Trail Blazers, Hooper was on the floor during pregame warmups when Blazers center Robin Lopez took exception to Hooper wearing a wig that seemed to mock Lopez’s hair. We have no real explanation for the anti-Hooper behavior of late, other than the Lopez brothers connection between Brooklyn and Portland, which seems too obvious a connection to ignore.
VIDEO: Robin Lopez confronts Hooper