As part of Steve Ballmer’s ongoing process to put his personal stamp on the Clippers, the team is considering options for a mascot. While talks are past the preliminary stages, no decisions have been made as to the name, look or species of the mascot. A new mascot likely wouldn’t debut until midway through this season or the start of the 2016-17 year. The team has adopted a new logo, uniforms and color scheme this season, Ballmer’s second as owner.
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.
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.