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Kobe … next NBA logo?

By Christopher Miller
Medill Reports

LOS ANGELES – Red Auerbach. Bill Russell. Larry O’Brien and Jerry West. They are all names connected to some of the NBA’s most prestigious trophies, awards or logos. The name Kobe Bryant has yet to be etched in a similar capacity but it certainly should be, according to multiple Phoenix Suns’ players.

In the Suns’ first visit to Staples Center since Bryant’s passing, Phoenix fell to Kobe’s beloved Lakers 125-100 on Monday night. While Bryant wasn’t physically there, he was still on the minds of fans and players alike, as yellow and purple Nos. 8 and 24 jerseys were in abundance.

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Life inside the ‘Cat suit: Northwestern alum Peter Keller shares the furry facts

By Christopher Miller
Medill Reports

Peter Keller never imagined that he would be standing, sweaty and naked, behind a stadium concession stand. But there he was, in San Diego with friends holding towels in front of him as he changed out of his Willie the Wildcat suit after the 2018 Holiday Bowl. Being a mascot at a major university is a tiring, anonymous, often thankless and unpaid job. Yet Keller, a 2019 Northwestern graduate, describes his three years as a Willie were the best of his life. Keller, now a 22-year-old assistant producer for Travelzoo, even performed during the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and the 2018 Big Ten Football Championship. Recently he shared what it was like to be a fan-favorite feline.

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