The Towns family had a rough night. Karl-Anthony was left off the All-Star team and his father, Karl, was hit by Wolves mascot Crunch during a stunt in the second quarter. Crunch slides down the stairs on a sled, but he hit Karl Towns’ leg. Big Karl stayed in the game though, watching the second half with an ice pack on his right knee, but needed crutches to leave the arena.
Chicago’s Benny the Bull has decided to hang up his horns for good last season, but the league’s mascot duties remain in good hands, as the Orlando Magic’s “Stuff the Magic Dragon” has been recognized as the NBA Mascot of the Year for 2016.
The Houston Rockets will be looking for a new person to play their mascot, Clutch the Bear, a source within the organization confirmed to ClutchFans. Robert Boudwin, who has played “Clutch” for 21 seasons, will not be back with the team. The team’s mascot is a member of the Mascot Hall of Fame and has nearly 150,000 followers on Facebook. The Rockets will be holding open auditions looking for a new person to play their mascot, possibly in August.
Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble the Bison will today travel to Spain to support the league’s international outreach efforts, the team announced. Rumble will attend an NBA Fan Zone expo, as well as other events while in Spain. Rumble’s previous international trips have included appearances in Toronto, Denmark, Istanbul and Manchester.