The Houston Rockets are currently hanging tough in the Western Conference, sitting at 23-13, good enough for fifth place overall.
But that doesn't mean the NBA players who comprise this squad actually are tough.
Just consider their reactions when confronted by an inflatable mascot. An inflatable mascot who comes to life, we should say.
In a terrific prank making its way around the Internet, the team casually strolls by Clutch the Bear at the start of a morning practice. He's stationary and harmless.
But when the players leave a few hours later, he leaps out at them and screams, causing Dwight Howard to drop the items in his hand and give the mascot a karate kick to the crotch. Watch now: