HoopsHype Mascots rumors

October 1, 2014 Updates

Denver's favorite mountain lion is in the doghouse. Unbeknownst to the Denver Nuggets organization, mascot Rocky was at the Colorado Republican rally Monday and evidently didn't check with his bosses at Kroenke Sports Enterprises about it. 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 Post

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July 10, 2014 Updates

Zach Lowe: Actual news: Nets have informed their mascot he will not return next season, may place Brooklyn Knight character on hiatus...or worse. To be clear: this is not about the person who plays the mascot. Hearing this is about dissatisfaction with the Knight character. Twitter @ZachLowe_NBA

May 16, 2014 Updates

Along with the return of the Hornets name, Hugo will also return as the team’s mascot. But before Rufus joins other retired mascots – the Seattle SuperSonics’ Squatch, Montreal Expos’ Screech, and Atlanta Thrashers’ Trash, among others – the Bobcats released a retirement video. Raleigh News & Observer

April 16, 2014 Updates
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Rajon Rondo wasn’t in the Celtics lineup Monday against the Bulls, but he did manage to stay engaged during Boston’s 94-80 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Rondo joined the telecast as color commentator, providing analysis, insight, and popcorn everywhere. For The Win

March 24, 2014 Updates

Are the Nets going to re-design their mascot? It's not clear yet, but on Grantland writer Zach Lowe's "The Lowe Post" podcast, he drops a potentially juicy nugget about the future of the Brooklyknight -- and a big star that might re-design it. At around 52:30 in the podcast (listen here), Lowe says he's heard (but not quite confirmed) that the Nets have considered a re-design for their universally panned mascot, and have reached out to late night television host Jimmy Fallon for his input (along with Marvel Comics) on a new look. The Brooklyn Game

Well, that sounds pretty intriguing, but a Nets insider dismissed the rumor. "Someone is spreading nasty rumors," said the insider. "He is here to stay!!!" NetsDaily

March 23, 2014 Updates

The NBA’s favourite mascot returned to the hardwood Sunday, showing no sign of the injury that had kept him out all season. After tearing his Achilles while doing back flips at a pre-season event in Halifax last fall, the Raptor spent 5 ½ months watching from the sidelines and undergoing gruelling rehab. But the much-beloved Dino was back at the Air Canada Centre Sunday afternoon for Toronto’s win over the Atlanta Hawks. Toronto Star

March 19, 2014 Updates

Kevin Vanderkolk, the man who plays the Milwaukee Bucks' mascot, Bango, is stepping down at the end of the season, a team source said. Vanderkolk, who could not be reached for comment, will finish out this season. The Bucks are expected to begin a search to find a new Bango. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

March 16, 2014 Updates

Rick Bonnell: I'm told it's Bango the Buck's birthday. Didn't really know mascots have those, but... Twitter @rick_bonnell

March 14, 2014 Updates
February 12, 2014 Updates

Here's some wholesome, family entertainment from last night's Washington-Memphis game. Grizzlies mascot, "Super Grizz," powerbombed a Wizards bro through a table. FOXSports.com

February 11, 2014 Updates

Credit the New Orleans Pelicans for devising a clever way to rid themselves of what many perceive to be a terrible mascot problem. Even if just about everybody paying attention saw right through their ruse to completely re-design the terrifying Pierre the Pelican mascot in the days leading up to New Orleans’ hosting of the 2014 NBA All-Star weekend. Yahoo! Sports

February 10, 2014 Updates
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January 24, 2014 Updates

The New Orleans Pelicans are giving their much-maligned mascot, Pierre the Pelican, a makeover. The mascot has come under heavy scrutiny and been the butt of jokes since his debut in the season opener Oct. 30 vs. the Indiana Pacers. Pierre's appearance has drawn national attention, for all the wrong reasons. He's been panned as a poor man's knock-off of the famed San Diego Chicken and ridiculed for not looking like, well, a pelican. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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