Mar 24, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets mascot Clutch waves a flag against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half at the Toyota Center. The Rockets won 96-95. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets scare their own players with inflatable mascot (video)

The Houston Rockets are the latest team to use their mascot to scare players.

This time, however, the Rockets decided to scare their own players.

They set up the inflatable version of their mascot, a bear named Clutch.

As players entered the arena at 9:00 am for practice, they walked right by the inflatable mascot without any issues. The mascot did not move and players barely even noticed it was there at all.

When the players got out of practice and any meetings they may have had about three and a half hours later at 12:30, the Rockets decided to use Clutch to scare their players.

The first two players out of the door are forward Chandler Parsons and point guard Jeremy Lin. The two are talking to each and although Parsons appears to be pointing right at the mascot, he still jumps once the mascot comes at him.

Several players react by nearly punching the mascot while one decided to run away.

The Rockets, who are 23-13, will be back in action Friday when they travel to Atlanta to take on the Hawks.

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