There has long been held a debate over whether mascots actually contribute anything to sports and whether they should even be around. The NBA is no different, as many teams in the league have mascots, but a select few have withheld for this long.
To all of those mascot naysayers out there, I call shenanigans. There is no reason to dislike a man wearing a giant furry foam suit unique to that basketball team, helping to entertain the more easily distracted during the television timeouts of NBA games.
I say if it keeps people involved in something—anything related to basketball—then I'm all for it.
However, there is one argument from the con side of the mascot argument that I cannot deny: Many, if not most of the mascots out there, are scary beasts that seem to come out of the deepest circle of hell.
While some of them may start to look cooler with age, especially with so many of them looking like Star Wars characters, most of them would have scared the living daylights out of me were I still a small child. Hell, a select few still scare me to this day.
So, which ones should you keep the toddlers away from? I would say all of them, but these guys in particular are the leaders out of the gate in terms of tears collected over the years.