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The Clippers Have A New Mascot And Nobody Likes Him

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During halftime of last night's win against the Brooklyn Nets, the Clippers unveiled their new mascot and the reception was a bit chilly.Chuck The California Condor, as the colorful new mascot is known, descended from the rafters of the Staples Center Monday night as the appropriately surreal 2001: A Space Odyssey theme played. With a bright pink head, a blue beak and a gray body and wings, Chuck sports a snug Clippers jersey, plenty of safety gear and red Converse All Stars—aka his namesake Chucks. He's quite a sight.

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Yes, what is going on here? Well, Chuck represents the California condor, the largest North American bird with an impressive wingspan of 9-foot-8, according to the L.A. Times. The actual bird can fly up to 56 mph and travel more than 160 miles during a single flight. The condor is also considered critically endangered, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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For the record, here's what a real California condor looks like:

Chuck's appearance on the court last night, however, left many people confused.

Others speculated about his origin story:

Or thought he might be related to the first attempt at the disturbing New Orleans Pelicans mascot:

Some thought he might be a part of some elaborate performance art piece:

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And others just embraced the weird:

But many expressed outright dismay over Chuck's look:

Meanwhile Vince Staples thought Chuck looked a bit too much like Toucan Sam:

And wondered about owner Steve Ballmer's decision to go with Chuck:

Clippers players Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford, on the other hand, were supportive of Chuck, saying that he might help get more kids into the team. "I know my son will love it," Crawford told ESPN. He added, however, "I hope my daughter's not scared."

"It's like us. It used to be extinct, and now it's coming back," coach Doc Rivers also told ESPN. "In today's world, they're going to make fun of it for six months and then they're going to get over it."

Ballmer personally introduced Chuck, who proceeded to dance, do flips and dunk. Chuck then challenged the Clippers' owner to dunk as well and Ballmer gladly accepted and promised each person in the crowd a pair of Chuck Taylor All-Stars if he made it.

At least he delivered successfully there: