Detroit Pistons Mascot Had A Rough Weekend

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.

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


  1. B-Baller says:

    Know what was even more cool about that game. Lillard hitting the game winner in OT.

    • Jon says:

      Amazing shot, hand was right in his face, he barely got it over the defenders hand. Lillard was star his rookie year, and he’s only gonna get better. Definitely one of my fav players in the game right now

  2. rokec says:

    hahaha, love it! 😀

  3. Phyllis says:

    Leave Hooper alone!! Poor guy, getting jumped by a bunch of guys when he’s just trying to do his job 😦