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April 8, 2015 Updates

Jazz Bear, the creatively named mascot for the Utah Jazz, sustained a painful fall. When this happened is not readily identifiable (even though it’s probably not new, none of us had ever seen it before) — though, since the shot clock reads 35, perhaps it occurred in the 2013 NCAA Tournament? — and neither is the intent. In any event this is at least the third time Jazz Bear’s man parts have taken a beating in his act. That’s dedication to the job. The Big Lead

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CBSSports.com NBA Writer James Herbert talked to Lopez after the game to find out more about his run-in with the Raptor: Where does the Raptor rank on your least favorite mascots list? Robin Lopez: He's up there. He's putting himself up there. Right now, I think he and Hooper from Detroit, they're in the top tier. They're really on my enemies list. What happened tonight? Robin Lopez: He was taunting me during warmups. He never got up the courage to actually go after me, but I can tell he was thinking it over in his head. CBSSports.com

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Franklin will be the third mascot in Sixers franchise history, after Hip-Hop and the long-departed Big Shot — a fuzzy blue cousin of the Phanatic. He is part of an effort by the Sixers new-ish owners, who bought the team in 2011, to amp up the in-arena experience. They invested in one of those cool 3-D courts, resurrected one of the all-time campy team theme songs in sports, revamped the dance team, and finally replaced Hip-Hop. A cynic might point out that a franchise in Year 2 of an unprecedented multiyear tanking scheme is exactly the sort of franchise that should distract fans with wizardry, but the magical mascoting world is no place for cynicism. We are now down to five teams that lack a mascot: the Nets, Clippers, Knicks, Lakers, and Warriors. Grantland

January 31, 2015 Updates

In what has to be one of the top five Sixers stories of the season, the team will be unveiling a brand new mascot February 10 at the Franklin Institute. The pressure is on. This is the organization's first big dramatic mascot mystery since the introduction of the Delaware 87ers' "Exploding Question Mark Head." Philadelphia Inquirer

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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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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

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