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LA Clippers unveil new mascot, Chuck the Condor: Internet mockery abounds

Los Angeles Clippers new mascot, a California Condor named Chuck, comes down from the rafters after being introduced during halftime of an NBA basketball game between the Clippers and the Brooklyn Nets, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers new mascot, a California Condor named Chuck, comes down from the rafters after being introduced during halftime of an NBA basketball game between the Clippers and the Brooklyn Nets, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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The Los Angeles Clippers have unveiled a new mascot: Chuck the California Condor.

The bird made its entry at halftime of Monday night's game against Brooklyn. It was lowered from the rafters at Staples Center with the arena lights off.

Chuck is gray with a pink head, a large blue nose, wears a Clippers cape and has a red-and-white helmet that he removes.

"It's like us. It used to be extinct and now it's coming back," coach Doc Rivers said.

Team owner Steve Ballmer personally introduced Chuck, who danced, did flips and dunked with the help of a trampoline.

The crowd seemed a bit underwhelmed until Ballmer announced that fans would receive a free pair of red Converse sneakers if he could successfully dunk the ball. Ballmer then did so using the trampoline as the crowd roared.

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"In today's world, they're going to make fun of it for six months and then they're going to get over it," Coach Rivers said.

The Clippers were one of four NBA teams without a mascot. Years ago, they had one named Sam Dunk when the franchise was located in San Diego.

Clippers Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford were supportive of the mascot, believing it will get kids more involved.

"I know my son will love it," Crawford said. "I hope my daughter's not scared."

The Internet exploded with reactions to Chuck, much of it mockery.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified California's state bird. The state bird is the quail. KPCC regrets the error.