The NBA takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

By Jeff Case

VIDEO: GameTime: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken social media by storm the last few weeks and according to, the campaign has raised immense awareness for ALS (which stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, but is better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Here’s more from the ALSA:

In the last two weeks, the Ice Bucket Challenge has quite literally “soaked” the nation. Everyone from Ethel Kennedy to Justin Timberlake has poured a bucket of ice water over his or her head and challenged others do the same or make a donation to fight ALS within twenty-four hours.

Between July 29 and today, August 12, The ALS Association and its 38 chapters have received an astonishing $4 million in donations compared to $1.12 million during the same time period last year. The ALS Association is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support from those people who have been doused, made a donation, or both. Contributions further The Association’s mission to find a cure for ALS while funding the highest quality of care for people living with the disease.

“We have never seen anything like this in the history of the disease,” said Barbara Newhouse, President and CEO of The ALS Association. “We couldn’t be more thrilled with the level of compassion, generosity and sense of humor that people are exhibiting as they take part in this impactful viral initiative.”

With only about half of the general public knowledgeable about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, the Ice Bucket Challenge is making a profound difference. Since July 29, The Association has welcomed more than 70,000 new donors to the cause.

Everyone from celebrities to, perhaps, some of your friends on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are challenging each other to dump a bucket of ice-cold water on themselves to further awareness of ALS. That list of participants includes NBA players, who have taken on (or doled out) the Ice Bucket Challenge, too. Here’s Michael Jordan, Team USA, Kevin DurantBradley Beal, John Wall, Damian Lillard, J.R. Smith and more taking the plunge:

VIDEO: MJ Ice Bucket

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Even NBA mascot Harry the Hawk got in on the action:

VIDEO: Harry the Hawk takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

Celtics coach Brad Stevens did it, too:

VIDEO: Brad Stevens takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

And, of course, Shaquille O’Neal did the challenge, too … in his own Shaq-type of way:



  1. lbj says:

    Showering these people with ice bucket won’t give them a ring. They need to shower ice of bucket with our “king” LeBron in Cleveland on June 2015 when get win the NBA title

    • JarBox says:

      Watch when PG comes back to Indiana smash Cleveland and who forgot about old Miami still have big three (Chris Bosh,D-Wade,and all star Luol Deng).Dont forget about Wizards and Chicago.P.S. Just cause you got 3 all stars dosent mean you got anything.WEST ALL DAY NO ONE IS SCARED OF YOUR 3 all star team that haven’t MADE THE PLAYOFFS SINCE LEBRON WAS THERE.

    • Big Boy G says:

      Are u drunk again?

  2. Myc M says:

    Damn, did Shaq ate Chuck during the summer?:P

  3. Gecko1220 says:

    Shaq used a bucket the size of everyone else, hes just so big it looked like a tiny cup.

  4. Alipio Vengoa says:

    Great support for this cause. Lou Gehrig would be proud. To see the Hawk mascot was awesome. All mascots should do it. OPENING NIGHT …. NBA love this game.

  5. Morgan says:

    Paul George wouldn’t have flinched.

  6. specialk says:

    props to ben mclemore for actually having a bucket filled with ICE water, and not just water, or ice added at the last second.

  7. Mahmoud Radfar says:

    Shaq’s challenge was the coolest!

  8. Andy says:

    Don’t these guys take ice baths all the time?

  9. watever says:

    “… has poured a bucket of ice water over his or her head and challenged others do the same or make a donation to fight ALS within twenty-four hours”…

    Let me get this straight… These MILLIONAIRE SUPERSTAR ATHLETES are pouring ice water on them selves cuz they DON’T wanna donate money to people with muscle spasticity?!??

    Makes sense…