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Video/Photos: UNLV Fans Unveil ‘Khem Kong’ Puppet

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Those blow-up heads that you see in student sections at college basketball games these days are so passe. Say hello to the newest innovation in fan section props: A 20-foot wide puppet of UNLV forward Khem Birch called “Khem Kong.”

The massive, fan-operated prop - unveiled by the Rebels’ student fan section, The Rebellion, during Wednesday’s home game against Utah State - has been in the works since November and is just the latest unique prop designed for The Rebellion by Sean Clauretie, whose day job is art director at the nearby Palms Casino.

Khem Kong’s debut didn’t come in vain, either. The reigning Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year filled up the stat sheet to the tune of five points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks in the Rebels’ 62-42 victory over the Aggies.

 
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