Posts Tagged ‘Mascots’

NBA Mascots vs. NBA Dance Team

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — What happens when a gang of NBA mascots face off in an epic dance battle against members of an NBA dance team? Let’s go tot the tape…


VIDEO: Mascot Dance-off

Robin Lopez interrupts mascot birthday celebration

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — How do you celebrate a birthday? If you’re a mascot, like Sacramento Kings mascot Slamson, you invite a bunch of your mascot friends over to hang out for a game, and you all take turns entertaining the crowd.

Or, if you’re Portland Trail Blazers center (and noted mascot hater) Robin Lopez, you celebrate a mascot’s birthday with a few well-placed punches, elbows and body slams. We will continue to monitor Lopez’s reign of mascot terror…


VIDEO: Lopez mascot birthday

Pelicans bring back nightmare King Cake Baby

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We obviously love mascots here at the All Ball blog, but I’m not sure the Pelicans’ King Cake Baby qualifies as a mascot. I mean, it’s obviously inhuman and constructed of non-organic matter, which would seem to mark it as a mascot. But at the same time, the Pelicans have a Pelican as their mascot, so I guess the King Cake Baby is just some kind of secondary, seasonal thing they bring out for a few weeks year during Mardi Gras, when people bake miniature plastic babies into cakes as a means of finding good luck.

Whatever the Pelicans’ gigantic King Cake Baby mascot thingy is, it is undeniably creepy and terrifying to see a huge, wide-eyed, wild-eyed zombie baby walking around, particularly in your office. There’s one scene in this video where an unsuspecting gentleman exits the office kitchenette and is scared by King Cake Baby, and I think that right there would have been it for me. Do you, King Cake Baby mascot. Just stay away from me, King Cake Baby.


VIDEO: Office Cake baby

Philadelphia 76ers unveil new mascot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The last time the Philadelphia 76ers had a mascot was in 2011, when they were represented by an athletic rabbit named Hip Hop. The Sixers then began rebuilding their organization from the top-down, and part of that project included setting Hip Hop free in a field somewhere.

But today, after a few years of going mascot-less, the Sixers have found a new representative. Their new mascot is Franklin, a dog with a name that hearkens to Ben Franklin, and one of Philly’s most famous residents.

Today, we met Franklin…

And it didn’t take Franklin long to call out noted mascot scourge Robin Lopez

A complete history of Robin Lopez fighting mascots

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week we saw what happened when Atlanta mascot Harry the Hawk faced off against Portland’s Robin Lopez. But because we want the “Inside Stuff,” NBA TV’s Kristen Ledlow went behind the scenes on Lopez vs. stuffing, and got the true story on why Robin Lopez had hates mascots so much.


VIDEO: RoLo Inside

Robin Lopez loses staring contest to Harry the Hawk, reacts poorly

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As we’ve noted many, many times before, Portland center Robin Lopez has a long-standing (and hilarious) anti-mascot policy. This did not escape the notice of Atlanta Hawks mascot Harry the Hawk, who recently publicly announced he was ready for RoLo when the Blazers visited Atlanta.

Well, the reckoning came last weekend as the Blazers visited Atlanta, where Harry the Hawk organized a group of pro-mascot protesters to greet Lopez, and then challenged RoLo to a staring contest. (Side note: Should you be allowed to be in a staring contest if you don’t have working eyelids?)


VIDEO: Harry vs Robin

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