Posts Tagged ‘Mascots’

The Robin Lopez war against mascots rages on

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve spent a lot of time recently looking into Robin Lopez‘s war on NBA mascots. While its origins are unclear, it has manifested in very real ways.

The Portland Trail Blazers were in New York to take on the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, but the game was canceled a few hours early as a precautionary measure with a potential blizzard bearing down on the Northeast. Grantland’s Zach Lowe noted this interrupted a potential story he was chasing…

Lopez responded and for some reason called out Cleveland mascot Moondog…

To his credit, Moondog refused to be bullied…

Harry the Hawk gives you the Uptown Funk

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — “Uptown Funk” is the new single from Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson. Here is Atlanta Hawks mascot Harry the Hawk giving his performance of the song. I was exhausted just watching this video…


VIDEO: Harry Uptown Funk

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…

Watch your drinks around Randy Foye

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There’s no better view than sitting courtside at an NBA game, being close enough to the action to feel the floor shake as the players sprint past, hear the guys yelling at each other, even have someone bring food and drinks to your seat. Of course, there can be downsides, too, as we saw last night in Denver. Early in the game as the Nuggets hosted the Spurs, Randy Foye dove into the sideline seats trying to save a loose ball. He did not save the ball, but he did go right into the courtside waiter holding a tray of beers. Well, the guy was holding a tray of beers…


VIDEO: Foye Spills

Also, shoutout to Nuggets mascot Rocky for helping out with the clean up…


VIDEO: Rocky cleans

NBA mascots are running wild

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Let’s agree on this: Someone needs to do something. Because NBA mascots seem like they’re starting to get a little full of themselves. They’re running wild, their behavior unchecked, and we don’t know where they will strike next. Well, actually, we have a pretty good idea where they may turn up next — messing with an NBA announcer. Here are two examples from the past week, where the San Antonio Coyote popped up behind Spurs radio broadcaster Bill Schoening, and then in Chicago, Benny the Bull does something similar to Hawks announcers Bob Rathbun and Dominique Wilkins. So NBA broadcasters, watch your backs. The mascots are coming for us all!


VIDEO: Coyote surprise

Utah Jazz mascot challenges Trevor Booker

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this week we took a look at Trevor Booker‘s incredible buzzer-beating shot, and watched as several humans tried to recreate the shot. But we didn’t see a bear try to recreate the shot, not until now.

Here’s Utah Jazz mascot Bear not only giving The Booker a shot, but also calling out Trevor Booker and challenging him to sink one of Bear’s trademark over-the-head-from-halfcourt shots. Your move, Booker…


VIDEO: Bear Booker

Harry the Hawk looks for love on Tinder

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night, for their game against the Memphis Grizzlies, the red-hot Atlanta Hawks hosted what they call “Swipe Right Night.” This was based around the popular dating app Tinder. (At least, I’m told it’s popular. I’m married so I, ahem, wouldn’t know much about Tinder. But hey, YOLO.)

Anyway, in honor of Tinder night, the Hawks produced this video showing their mascot Harry the Hawk looking for love via Tinder. And oh does he comes close! But eventually, as you’ll see below, the silly string has to be deployed. Shoulda swiped left, Harry.


VIDEO: Harry on Tinder

Benny the Bull steals Celtics fan’s girlfriend

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If there’s anything we’ve learned from closely watching NBA mascots through the years, it’s that you never want to mess with Benny the Bull. Which may explain the passive reaction we see from the Celtics fan in the video below. During the “kiss cam” segment during this weekend’s Bulls/Celtics game, the camera landed on two Celtics fans (who may or may not have been planted there just for this purpose) just long enough for Benny the Bull to step in and steal her heart.


VIDEO: Benny’s Steal

(via B/R)

Robin Lopez continues reign of terror against NBA mascots

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We need to talk about Robin Lopez. Specifically, we need to talk about how the Blazers center has something against NBA mascots. Almost exactly a year ago, Lopez had a run-in with Hooper, the Detroit Pistons mascot. And then a few months later, Lopez admitted his mascot hatred, singling out the Toronto Raptor as his least favorite with the ominous words, “He knows.”

So with Lopez and the Trail Blazers in Detroit last night, Hooper decided to confront Lopez, in a way, by putting out a sign challenging Lopez to not add a drawing of Hooper’s head to a caricature of Lopez.

Passive aggressive? Perhaps, but after getting body-slammed a year ago, Hooper may have felt vindicated in doing so. Either way, Lopez took the bait and completed the drawing…

And before tip-off, to add injury to insult, Lopez found Hooper and delivered a modified belly-to-belly suplex…

By now, NBA mascots should know better than to mess with RoLo…

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You’ve been warned, NBA mascots. Avoid Robin Lopez at all costs!

Jazz beat Suns in Donkey Kong

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Utah Jazz got their lone win of the early season on Saturday night against the Phoenix Suns. But they also scored a big win over the Suns in an animated mascot version of Donkey Kong…


VIDEO: Donkey Jazz