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As mascots have become an indispensable part of NBA, there are ten things you may not know yet.
The income of NBA mascots is different, and the top can get $200,000 a year. For example, the former mascot of Golden State Warriors received an annual salary of $200000 since he took office. Of course, there are mascots with lower incomes, and some of them only have tens of thousands of dollars.
If some mascots are very good, they can get a lifetime contract, so they don't have to worry about their livelihood anymore. For example, the mascot of Toronto Raptors has lifetime contract.
Although mascots can get a high salary and be so popular, they must also abide by the strict conditions of NBA. For example, they are absolutely not allowed to reveal their true identity, nor are they allowed to show their true appearance, otherwise they will have to accept heavy payment penalties and may even be laid off as a result.
To play the mascot of the teams, the players must be very capable of working. It is reported that the players of mascots must meet the following conditions: three years of work experience, college degree or above and acrobatic dunk experience. In addition, they have to be very friendly because they have to deal with the fans all the time.
At the end of each season, the NBA will vote for the MVP. The NBA also vote for the year's best mascot every season. This award was born in 2005. In the 2014-15 season, the mascot of Chicago Bulls won the award.
Most NBA teams have mascots, they represent the team's culture, but not all teams have mascots, such as the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks.
The mascots are probably the closest to the cheerleaders, and at the time of the time out they will always be on the show together. The player of “Clutch the Bear”(the mascot of Houston Rockets ) is in love with the cheerleader of Houston Rockets at work, and now they are married and have children, and they have a happy life.
The Mascot of New Orleans Pelicans was forced into cosmetic surgery because it was too scary and ugly, and the team redesigned the mascot's head to make it more approachable.
The mascot of Golden State Warriors used to be called “Thunder“, but after the Seattle SuperSonics changed its name to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008, he was forced to change his name until he finally disappeared from the fans' horizons.
The NBA mascots often play shows, so they often hurt. The mascot of Milwaukee Bucks once caused a tear in the cruciate ligament of the right knee during the performance.