Posts Tagged ‘Rocky The Lion’

A first-person view of being an NBA mascot

VIDEO: Rocky GoPro

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Ever wondered what it’s like to be an NBA mascot? There are some parts that probably aren’t so great — being inside that hot costume and running around for three hours at a time. But you also get to do cool stuff, like rappeling down from the arena ceiling, climbing impossibly tall ladders, and of course interacting with fans. In order to let us know what it’s like inside the fur, Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky got his paws on a GoPro camera for a night and came away with this video.

Nuggets mascot Rocky leads silly string attack on Grizzlies fan

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s been a big week for Rocky, the Denver Nuggets mascot. Earlier this week he reignited a long-running feud with Russell Westbrook, and then last night, with the Nuggets hosting the Grizzlies, Rocky made sure one Grizzlies fan had a memorable evening.

Now, to be fair, the Grizzlies fan in the video below may or may not have been a plant. But one thing is certain: I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much silly string in one place in my life…

Russell Westbrook revives feud with Nuggets mascot Rocky

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Some of the NBA’s greatest rivalries have endured for years, and this feud between Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky and Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is no different. Two years ago during a game in Denver, seemingly randomly, Westbrook decided he didn’t want Rocky to make any of his halfcourt shot attempts.

Well, last night in Denver, after two years of detente, their differences flared again. Watch Westbrook here, as he says something to Rocky, who threatens to go all Daniel LaRusso on Westbrook…

Considering the result, Rocky might want to figure out a way to end this feud. Because just moments later, Westbrook did this…

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

Denver Nuggets mascot makes unsanctioned political appearance

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Sports mascots are, at their core, a conduit for fun. They are their team’s common denominators, a representative of every fan, from the front row to the cheap seats. But out in Denver, longtime Nuggets mascot Rocky the mountain lion made an off-court appearance this week that caught some people by surprise, apparently including his employers.

Earlier this week, Rocky made an appearance at a Colorado Republican rally. As the Denver Post reports

Nuggets marketing manager Graham Wincott, who handles Rocky and his appearances, said the team’s mascot showing up at the GOP event was “an unsanctioned, unpaid appearance that we had no knowledge of.”

Denver sports figures have been to political events in the past, but sports teams and organizations typically stay away from any kind of political endorsements or appearances, which is why the Kroenke brass was surprised by the appearance.

“As a sports team, we want to be apolitical,” Wincott said. “Two things we never touch on are politics and religion.”

The Nuggets’ mascot was bouncing around at the Colorado Republican Party rally Monday at Heritage High School. Top players on the Colorado GOP ticket were at the event, which included 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Wincott said the KSE management team met Tuesday “with the actor who plays Rocky to figure out exactly how it happened and what transpired and get to the bottom of how all this occurred.”

If nothing else, this gives us a chance to check out some of Rocky’s greatest hits, like his recent dust-up with Russell Westbrook or, as in the video below, a classic run-in with his longtime nemesis, Charles Barkley

VIDEO: Rocky vs Lakers/Barkley

Best of times, worst of times for mascots

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week we noted the reported retirement of Bango the Buck as well as the return of The Raptor in Toronto. This week we check back in to find a mascot missing his eyes, as well as a mascot with a penchant for making amazing shots…

Let’s start in Denver, where Nuggets mascot Rocky shows off his ability to make all sorts of incredible trick shots…

VIDEO: Rocky scores

Meanwhile, down in San Antonio, Spurs mascot Coyote bounced off of Denver’s Aaron Brooks, and the collision caused his eyes to pop out. Which has to be a bummer.

VIDEO: Coyote loses eyes

(Rocky via TNLP)

Russell Westbrook: Hater Of Mascots

By Jeff Case

Outside of the Phoenix Suns’ Gorilla, few NBA mascots are perhaps as well known as the Denver Nuggets’ Rocky the Mountain Lion. Like any good NBA mascot worth his salt, he’s had his share of jovial dust-ups with superstars, taken part in a “Gangnam Style”-video for laughs, he’s rappelled off a building … well, you get the idea. He does it all.

Those facts are all apparently lost on OKC All-Star guard Russell Westbrook. All Rocky was trying to do in last night’s OKC-Denver game from the Pepsi Center was hit a halfcourt, over-the-head shot that he’s nailed before. Westbrook was having none of it and rejected the halfcourt shot not once, but TWICE(!!), as you can see below:

Our good friend Benjamin Hochman over at the Denver Post has more details on the incident:

Kobe Bryant has company. Denver has a new NBA villain, and he is Russell Westbrook.

Super mascot Rocky shoots backward half-court shots during a fourth-quarter timeout of every game. If he makes one, fans get free Qdoba queso. Well, Rocky’s final attempt appeared to be going in, but the Thunder’s Westbrook, walking onto the court, jumped up and blocked the shot. The arena erupted in boos and continued every time he touched the ball.

Then Rocky tried again during the next timeout and Westbrook, again, caught the shot, this time throwing the ball into the stands. The boos became deafening. But Westbrook seemed to feed off it, first flashing a villainous smile, but then firing a dagger of daggers. With 22.9 seconds left, and the Thunder down three points, he unflappably floated an arcing 3-pointer over Wilson Chandler, tying the game.

“Russell made a lot of friends here tonight,” Karl said sarcastically.

Hard to say what’s worse in this situation: being mean to a mascot or denying the fine people of Denver some free cheese dip.

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