By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — OK, sure, everyone’s all excited about the return of the Charlotte Hornets, which was made official earlier today. It’s great, I suppose, as the Bobcats cast aside a nickname that never really resonated in the region and instead embrace the name that was with them during the franchise glory days.
But what about Rufus? Did anyone think of Rufus Lynx, the mascot of the Bobcats? With the Bobcats name gone, it’s also time to say goodbye to the Bobcats mascot, who will go where all mascots go when they are no longer needed. (The recycling bin? A utility closet? The fabric store? Not sure where that is, actually.)
In a few weeks we will all laugh and cheer for Hugo the Hornet as he is removed from mothballs are re-introduced as the franchise mascot. But don’t you ever forget about Rufus. All he did was do his job, until it went away. Godspeed, Rufus.
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