Bill Hanstock of SB Nation ranks the mascots for the NBA's Western Conference and he doesn't go easy on the Portland Trail Blazers' Blaze the Trail Cat, who ties for the lowest ranking among teams that actually have mascots.
Mascot: Blaze the Trail Cat
Type: Barely-feline weirdo
Strengths: Uh ... he likes cats?
Weaknesses: Okay, "Blaze the Trail Cat." I get it. Blaze the trail. Trail Blazers. There's no such thing as a "trail cat." Unless you're referring to a specific model of snowmobiles, apparently. Discounting his dumb name, dude BARELY even looks like a cat. He looks like a ripoff of Crash Bandicoot where the character is a coyote. I do find the above picture adorable, but yeesh.
Final Score: 1 (out of 10)
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