Some sports mascots might look lame (averting my eyes from you, Pierre the Pelican), but they all need to be athletic to do what they do on the field, court and ice. Case in point: The Suns Gorilla.
Phoenix’s mascot turned into a simian savior Tuesday night during the Wizards-Suns game, when he dived onto the floor during play to remove an object that had rolled onto the court. The Suns say it was a “rogue drumstick,” which could have caused an injury if an unsuspecting player or official had stepped on it.
Fox Sports Arizona reports the Gorilla’s “DE-fense” drumstick went astray, but at this point we don’t care who’s responsible. We’re just glad a person in a gorilla suit made like a superhero to save the day (or at least save someone from turning an ankle).
But there’s a case against Wade getting the ultimate honor. He never was a league regular-season MVP, finishing in the top three in voting only one time. To get a statue, a player should have won the regular-season award at least once and been among the top voters a handful of times. On our scorecard, players who get statues are all-time greats, preferably candidates for Mt. Rushmore. We love Wade, but he’s not in that rarified air.
In addition, two of Wade’s three titles came as he was cast as the No. 2 option behind James. He was Finals MVP in 2006 when the Heat defeated Dallas. But he led the NBA only once in scoring and was 40th in scoring when he left, with a shade over 20,000 points. When he’s through, he’ll likely finish out of the top 30 all-time in that department. Sorry, no statue in Wade County.