SALT LAKE CITY — The pregame warmups of Utah Jazz guards Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio were interrupted by an unlikely object on Friday night.3 comments on this story
A flying bat soared near the court roughly an hour before the Jazz’s tipoff against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Vivint Arena, slipping past numerous security guards before finally being caught in a net by the Jazz Bear mascot.
Fans cheered as Jazz Bear strolled off the court with the flying mammal in the net as neither Mitchell nor Rubio could fully focus.
The flying bat video made its rounds across social media, even catching the attention of Los Angeles Lakers star Kyle Kuzma.
“Where is Manu when you need him,” Kuzma tweeted in reference to former San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili, who famously caught a bat during a live game in 2009.