NBA franchises know how to put on a show during live games, with mascots playing a key role in keeping those in attendance entertained.
They’ve even become a dream job given how much some of them earn for being part of the world’s best basketball league.
Rocky the mountain lion, mascot of the Denver Nuggets, is the highest paid in the NBA according to a study conducted by Sports Business Journal.
He takes home a salary of $625,000 per year, a figure that surpasses what some basketball players earn in many parts of the world.
Rocky narrowly surpasses the other highest paid NBA mascot, Harry the Eagle of the Atlanta Hawks, who earns $600,000.
The bigger issue is the study states that $60,000 a year is the average salary of professional mascot in the NBA.
Others that earn more than that are Benny ‘The Bull’ at $400,000, Go the Gorilla at $200,000 and Hugo ‘The Hornet’ at $100,000.
To put it into context, a WNBA player earns $102,000 per year as an average salary.