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Rockets holding open auditions this weekend for the next Clutch the Bear

The Rockets start the search for one of the most important members of the team.

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Boudwin, the man behind Clutch the Bear, the NBA's best mascot, retired last month, leaving the Rockets with a bear-sized void to fill in the offseason. After all, Clutch was named Mascot of the Year in 2013 and also has a rightful place in the Mascot Hall of Fame. This was all achieved by Boudwin, the only alter-ego Clutch has ever known in his 21 years.

Well, the Rockets are now looking for his replacement. The team will hold open auditions to replace Boudwin as the team mascot this Saturday, August 20 at the Toyota Center at 8pm CST. The team lists the criteria as follows:

- Must be over 18.

- Prior mascot or stage experience is preferred.

- Athletic with gymnastic/tumbling skills.

- Registrant should be charismatic, creative and love entertaining, with a strong work ethic and good improvisation skills.

- Registrant should exhibit a witty, mischievous, spontaneous and youthful spirit while in character.

If anyone out there thinks they have what it takes to be the next Clutch, make sure you register online with the team, fill out the requested waiver and head on down to the Toyota Center this weekend for try outs. Boudwin has left huge shoes to fill, but the show must go on, and hopefully the newest Clutch is as dynamic as the old one.

Good luck to anyone trying out!