Most bears don't talk. This is just a fact of life. Clutch however is not like most bears and in fact usually you can't get him to shut up when you want to. It's ok though. It's not his fault. He's just got a lot to say. We here at Rockets.com figured that it might be a good idea to let him answer some of your questions. So go ahead, ask him a question and then check back here often to see what he has to say.
RECENT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
Q: Tian Linqiang asks—There is news that Kobe will be traded. Can we trade for Kobe? Many Chinese fans dream of seeing Kobe play for the Rockets. What do you think?
A: I think our new coach, Rick Adelman, is the man to answer that question. I’m sure he is closely studying the situation and analyzing many potential player combinations to bring Houston a 3rd championship. I have faith that he will make the decision right for our team whatever that is. If I knew with 100% certainty which combination of players were going to win a championship, I wouldn’t be running around throwing cakes is people’s face and spraying silly string. I cheer for our team regardless who wears the jersey. Let’s hope those cheers help us get back to the finals next season.
Q: Colin asks—Are you and Turbo both mascots for the Houston Rockets? I just thought that basketball teams have one mascot. Anyway, I love the website at rockets.com. I liked when Yao dared you to do Karate and that little girl hit you “between the legs” (euphemism edited by Clutch) and when you did that dance on center court.
A: Awesome! Thanks for the love. That is the first and last time I plan on trying Karate. I’m glad you thought my dance was funny. It took me a long time to learn and rehearse that one, but it was worth it. As far as Turbo is concerned, he retired 4 years ago when the Rockets moved into the Toyota Center. He was the best dunker in the league. He still trains other mascots and acrodunkers to dunk off and mini-tramp, but he hung up his spandex with the Rockets in 2003 with a final encore performance at the end of the season 2 years ago. We worked in tandem with each other for 8 years and complimented each other very well. While he did the daredevil stunts, I did the funny skits. We both worked together to fire up Rockets fans to create home court advantage. Over the years other NBA teams have had two mascots as well like the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls, and San Antonio Spurs. I’ll tell Turbo you said hello next time I talk to him.
Q: Marko asks—Clutch, you are the best. I’ve got one question for you. Who will win this year’s NBA playoffs?
A: I think the Spurs will win in 6. Next year I think the Rockets will win in 5!
Q: Michael asks—Who was at your 12th birthday party?
A: It was on Sunday, March 11th at the Houston Rockets vs. Orlando Magic game. In attendance from around the NBA were: Sly from the New Jersey Nets, Boomer from the Indianapolis Pacers, Rocky from the Denver Nuggets, Squatch from the Seattle Sonics, Stuff from the Orlando Magic (yes, he got booed), and Coyote from the San Antonio Spurs. It was a blast. There were also a lot of my local friends like Sammy from Rice University, Shasta from University of Houston, and the Bearcat from Sam Houston State University. I can’t wait until I become a teenager this coming year when I turn 13. Hope to see you there!
Q: Venita asks—Basketball is my favorite sport and you are my favorite mascot. You bring life to the crowd, both young and old. You will always have my vote as the NBA’s best mascot.
A: WOW! I don’t even have to answer a question. All I have to do on this one is sit back and bask in the glory of your praise. AHHHHH. That feels good, thank you! You are the BEST! Fans like yourself make it fun to be a mascot especially for the Houston Rockets!
Q: Alexander asks—Is Clutch a boy or a girl? I am curious because I am a boy.
A: I’m a boy of course. If you come to a game sometime, you will see me flirting with the Rockets Power Dancers, although I do hug everyone. I’m a teddy bear. I love hugs!
Q: Gerardo asks—Hey Clutch, I saw you at the game a while back and another little bear was with you (he was like a little Clutch version). Was that your son?
A: That was Mini-Clutch. He is not my son. He is a miniature version of me who was created over 6 years ago by our very own “Rockets” scientist. He is cool. He does everything I do only smaller!
Q: Nicole asks—Hi Clutch, I just wanted to say that you’re a great mascot for the Rockets and I got a question for you. Do you like being their mascot?
A: Thanks for the love. I assume by “their” you mean the Rockets. I love it! I consider myself part of the Rockets and part of the collective “their”. We are one big team here at the Rockets and think of the other teams as the “them’s” and everyone under our roof at Toyota Center as an US! If you’re a Rockets fan, then you are part of the US as well. Welcome!
Q: Lori asks—If you were not a bear, what would you be?
A: I would be a Rocket, but that is too scary and weird looking for kids, so I am a teddy bear. Everyone loves to hug teddy bears!
Q: Ian asks—Are you doing crazy dares like when you sat on the Toyota Center balcony a few years ago until the Rockets clinched a playoff spot? How many mascot friends do you have in the NBA?
A: I’m friends with all the mascots in the NBA. We are actually all friends with each other. We help each other out all the time by trying to think of knew ways to make all of you laugh and cheer. I have several new dares that the players have put me up to as well as several new media stunts you should look for in the next year. My last stunt was turning myself Red N’ Rowdy for the playoffs where I changed by fur to all red to get “fired up” for our playoff run.
Q: Paul asks—Have you met our new coach? Do you think he is going to win us a championship? Was he nice? Do you like him?
A: Yes, yes, yes, and yes!
Q: Harleen asks—I’m like your #1 fan. I was hoping you could tell me how I could get a hold of a Clutch 00 jersey? It should be for a female! It would be great if you could e-mail me back letting me know because I’ve searched high and low, but with no success.
A: You can get one at the Rockets Team shop at the Toyota Center. I’ve seen several fans with them on at games. They get the personalized ones at the Team shop and have Clutch 00 put on the back. Thanks for being such a great fan.
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