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LeBron James takes on ALS ice bucket challenge

Aug 17, 2014, 2:30 PM EST

First one of these I’ve seen on a boat. Must be nice.

LeBron James becomes the latest to take on the ALS Ice Bucket challenge that has gone viral. The goal is to raise awareness and money for research into finding a cure for ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and it’s working. Donations are up nearly 400 percent. Which is awesome.

LeBron joins a host of other NBA players including John Wall, Damian Lillard, most of Team USA, and Mike Krzyzewski. My favorite may be the understated Commissioner Adam Silver.

LeBron and Team USA called out President Barack Obama. He’s on the clock. (The best part is how some pundits/talking heads will say “it’s not presidential” if he does it, but if it was the guy from their party he would be “connecting with the people.” That’s where we are in American politics, it’s all about power as a zero sum game. For both sides.)

  1. msuspartan89 - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    I don’t see any ice in that bucket. Most likely the warm, skin purifying waters of the Aegean Sea. Nice try Lebron.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      NO ice at all.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        All sorts of ice in that bucket, guy.

    • tampajoey - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      You can clearly see the ice cubes on his chair when he stands up

  2. balsagna - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Great stuff. Now we need to get something like this going for prostrate cancer awareness. Maybe a beard challenge or something.

  3. vstyle23 - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Hope he doesn’t cramp up

  4. ravenswhat - Aug 17, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    No ice in his veins OR the bucket. Hey bron, just have Ray take the ice challenge for you. That dude will get it right.

  5. craigmaitland - Aug 17, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Knock Lebron for a lot of things. But knocking him for amount of ice in a charity challenge bucket? Haters gonna hate but jeez… Only thing I’m disappointed in with him is that he didn’t mention Paul Biznasty from the Phoenix Coyotes who challenged Lebron. Will be pretty pumped if Obama gets on board.

  6. tn16 - Aug 17, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Top story on ESPN how will the ice bucket challenge effect LBJ this season

  7. bronx77 - Aug 17, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Obama said no when mrs. Kennedy challenged him. He said he would donate 100 bucks to the charity.

  8. aschitown - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Is wearing underwear instead of swim trunks a cultural thing in the African American community?

    Plus, the challenge is that if you refruse the ice bucket, you give ALS money. While famous people getting doused with Ice is spreading the word, if everyone accepts the challenge, ALS won’t make any money off them? Thankfully most famous people doing it are doing both, getting the ice dumped on them and making a donation.

  9. mtheparrothead - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    So lebrons would rather dump ice on his head than donate to charity ? Explain again how this benefits anyone other than their egos?

    • antistratfordian - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      Ever since this ice bucket challenge thing started the ALS foundation has started raking in major dough. Awareness = money.

  10. coffeeblack95616 - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    No, it is indeed beneath the office of the President of the US to do so. There’s a certain dignity in that role. I have no problem with athletes, celebrities, and others doing this–it’s a great idea–but the most powerful position in the world should maintain his dignity.
    Unfortunately, we are now in an era of the stupid majority and of style over substance, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see the President pander to this. And this isn’t a party issue; I criticize any President who acts in such a populist manner when in that office. Let the athletes and entertainers do this, and let the President concern himself with the more important issues at stake.

    • tampajoey - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      @coffeeblack95616, perfectly stated.

    • chicitybulls - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      So it lessens ones dignity to do something fun and spread the word of an awful disease? So, in your opinion, the only way to maintain your dignity is to remain stodgy and stuffy. Make sure you keep that monocle clean.

    • antistratfordian - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      Ha. Nah. He’s not a king. He’s just a President. He’s just like any one of us. He can do whatever he wants, actually. And some people would say there’s no dignity in that role, but that depends on who you talk to – a lot of people don’t like or trust politicians, and certainly not politicians who used to be lawyers.

    • antistratfordian - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      But there was a time and place in our history – in our early history – where suggesting that the President was “above” something that was considered honorable for an average person to do would’ve been seen as Un-American or Monarchist. The idea of the Presidency is that it’s supposed to be one of us leading us. So if it’s honorable for an American citizen to do this, then it is honorable for the American President to do it as well.

  11. Louis Tumblin - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Reblogged this on 440 Sportszone and commented:
    Lebron joined the ALS Ice Bucket challenge. He could have some more ice in there. It’s all for a good cause.

  12. coffeeblack95616 - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Please. Don’t act as if no one knows about this publicity stunt for a good cause. If the President does it, it won’t increase any awareness. Americans pay more attention to celebrities than politicians anyhow. It does lessen the position. And then what’s next? Have the President plank for prostrate cancer? Have him karaoke for kids? His job isn’t to fundraiser. If he thinks ALS needs more funding, he can pass some legislature to increase money given for research. It is beneath his position to do this, and I’m guessing he and his people agree based on the fact that they passed on it. Use some common sense people.

  13. luz56 - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Imagine if all athletes made a tax deductible donation of 2% of gross earnings to all causes… Would we look upon them in a different light?? I sure would rather than bottles of cognac flowing boat parties and Vegas fluffing

  14. coffeeblack95616 - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Unfortunately the stupid populist movement has made too much headway. I DON’T want the President to be a normal guy. Normal guys are average, make average decisions, and have average intelligent. The President needs to be better than the masses and above publicity stunts and populist crap. Instead, because America is full of simpletons (the majority of people aren’t that smart as based on tons of evidence and testing; just go to a high school and you’ll have plenty of evidence), so we have more and more politicians pandering to the morons.
    A President, the most powerful person in the world, should be exceptional. Leave these stunts to the celebrities; the President is more and better than that.
    (And if ALS was of importance to him, he would pass legislation to spend more tax dollars on it.)

  15. coffeeblack95616 - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Please don’t equate a US President to a citizen. One is exceptional, the other is one of millions.

  16. coffeeblack95616 - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    The President could just designate money for research if it was important to him and the government. This stunt is for celebrities, not for someone dealing with the major issues facing our government and country.

  17. coffeeblack95616 - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Unfortunately the stupid populist movement has made too much headway. I DON’T want the President to be a normal guy. Normal guys are average, make average decisions, and have average intelligent. The President needs to be better than the masses and above publicity stunts and populist crap. Instead, because America is full of simpletons (the majority of people aren’t that smart as based on tons of evidence and testing; just go to a high school and you’ll have plenty of evidence), so we have more and more politicians pandering to the morons.
    A President, the most powerful person in the world, should be exceptional. Leave these stunts to the celebrities; the President is more and better than that.

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