Report: Milwaukee Bucks mascot Bango to retire

By Lang Whitaker,

VIDEO: Bango From 20 Feet

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Sad news out of Milwaukee, where the man who plays Bango, the always-entertaining mascot of the Bucks, will be retiring at the end of the season, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Kevin Vanderkolk has worn Bango’s antlers for nearly 15 years, and has established Bango as one of the more athletic mascots in the NBA. He’s experienced lows, such as tearing his ACL at the 2009 All-Star Game, and highs, like the crazy backflip dunk off of a 20-foot-ladder in the video clip at the top of this post.

Vanderkolk did not comment on this report, but if the news is accurate, those of us who count ourselves mascot aficionados will be sad to see him go.

Someone who may not be as sad? Dwight Howard.

UPDATE: The Bucks posted a job opening for a full-time Mascot Coordinator/new Bango

VIDEO: Bango vs. Dwight

VIDEO: Bango’s Best


  1. Shawn Kemp no. 1 says:

    15 years, this man is a legend!

    • lbj says:

      Doing a sommersault dunk will not gives the mascot any ring. He needs to do a tomahawk dunk like the “king” LeBron with the Heat!!!

      • lbj blows says:

        Seriously, you riding lebron that hard that you have to bring him up in a post about a Bucks Mascot. You must have nothing to do with your sad life.

  2. Milwaukee B says:

    He’ll be missed! Best mascot in the NBA

  3. brendan says:

    u will be missed kevin!

  4. Tanya says:

    Bango you will be missed!
    I hope they know what they will lose.
    I’m sure there will be a big party and celebration!!!
    I want to see it!
    Big shoes to fill! I don’t think anyone will compare!

  5. CBV says:

    Bango! Kevin. You will be missed.
    There will never be anyone in that costume as good as you!
    Good luck to you!

  6. Bango Fan says:

    I just knew Bango’s Identity then he’ll retire. I’ll miss Bango as him.

  7. Not 4 But 2 says:

    The Bucks made the playoffs?

  8. KG says:

    Best wishes for your Future, I’ll be missing your crazy Dunks, Stunts, just all about you!

    greetings from Switzerland