If you haven't seen this video yet, it's worth a look this morning.
What do Pat Beverley, Dwight Howard, Omri Casspi and Ronnie Brewer have in common? All four play basketball for the Houston Rockets, and all four were recently snared in a prank by the Rockets' mascot Clutch. An inflatable version of the chubby, smiling bear was stationed outside a door where the players were emerging from a recent practice session. As each player passed by what they assumed was just an inanimate blow-up prop, Clutch sprang into action, proving that even giants (Howard is 6'11") can be startled. Perhaps the best reaction, however, belongs to Francisco Garcia, at the 1:14 mark.
This was far from Clutch's first prank. He's been known to pull similar stunts on fans:
Once, he even smashed a cake into the face of an L.A. Lakers fan (although there are rumours that that one was staged):
For a very different take on what a mascot can do, check out our recent look at Canadian artist Jon Sasaki.