You generally don't think all that much about the mascot, but people tend to get a little alarmed when one is hanging lifeless like right here:

This was the scene during the pregame festivities of the Nuggets/Blazers game. Denver's mascot Rocky was hanging limp as he was lowered by a harness and collapsed on the court. The spotlight that was on him immediately went off, leaving the fans who were in attendance confused.

Rocky didn't return, but the person playing him is expected to be alright after having "wind knocked out of him." The season just started. Let's chill a little bit with these stunts.

Denver fans suffered that shock and went on to see its team lose 113-98 to the Blazers.

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[via ABC 7]