Posts Tagged ‘Bango’

Robin Lopez takes mascot battle to Milwaukee

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — According to this tweet from the New York Knicks, Robin Lopez is undefeated in his one man war against mascots. I don’t know how accurate this is — I seem to recall him on the losing end against Stuff in Orlando recently. Either way, Robin definitely got the better end of things in Milwaukee yesterday when he squared off against Bango…

Does deflating a basketball help?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The big story right now in the NFL concerns the New England Patriots and the accusation that they knowingly deflated the footballs they used in their playoff win last week over the Indianapolis Colts. This would have given them some sort of advantage, experts say, and while we’ll leave that to them to get settled, it did make us wonder, what if an NBA team deflated the basketball? Kenny, Shaq and Chuck got to talking about the same thing last night on “Inside the NBA,” which led to a Shaq free throw shooting contest using a flat basketball…


VIDEO: Deflate Inside

The other question here is, if an NBA team deflated the basketball, which team would that be? Well, I think we have our answer, thanks to this vine from the Milwaukee Bucks, who caught mascot Bango red-handed…er, red-hoofed…

Report: Milwaukee Bucks mascot Bango to retire

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com


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