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Kobe Bryant, Pat Riley join ALS ice bucket challenge ranks

Aug 18, 2014, 1:01 PM EDT

Does it really count if you take an ice bath every day, Kobe?

Still, Kobe Bryant became the latest in a long line of NBA players to join an icy summer — LeBron James, John Wall, Damian Lillard, Adam Silver, and most of Team USA, just to name a few. The ALS ice bucket challenge has taken off and gone viral, which has meant a lot of dumped water but more importantly a lot of money raised to help find a cure for the disease (better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). Bottom line is you need to do more than dumping ice on your head — donate. And a lot of people are doing that.

Also jumping in on the ALS ice bucket challenge, we have Pat Riley on a boat (I love that he can just challenge Bruce Springsteen because they’re buds). Then for fun, Dikembe Mutombo.

  1. money2long - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Better to get it done in the summer.

    • duhwighthoward - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      Kobe’s thermometer is in Celsius. So that 9 degrees it shows equates to 48 degrees Farenheit.

      Not that cold.

    • money2long - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      You know. Maybe it’s actually better to do an ice Challenge in a blizzard.
      Said no one

    • kobeoverlebron - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      i thought we were in a drought!! how much buckets of water are they going to waste meanwhile i get a $500 fine if i water my grass wtf

  2. 00maltliquor - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Okay, I finally effing bit. I have not clicked onto one of the ice bucket challenges until know. So it’s about Lou Gehrigs disease, but wtf does a bucket of ice being poured on you have to do with the price of tea in China!??

    • buckeye2280 - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      What does running a 5k have to do with a charity? The challenge or runs or things of that nature are away to draw peoples attention to the plight of the charity involved. In the case of the Ice Bucket Challenge its to draw people to the plight of ALS. And it has worked. They are generating millions of dollars of donations that they would not have otherwise been given. I think this was great. Its easy to do, and look at the response it has garnered.

    • 2016olympics - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      You don’t have to like it. But the point of this is to RAISE AWARENESS for ALS.

      This RAISED AWARENESS will undoubtedly result in more donations.

      Maybe it’s dumb and pointless, but it’s still effective.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        Never said I didn’t like it. I just don’t know the meaning or significance of it. Can you explain it to me please? (The ice bucket)

      • 2016olympics - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        Honestly not sure of it’s meaning or derivation. I think the ice bucket challenge is just a random viral sensation (like Planking or Tebowing), except this is for a cause.

        If anyone else knows, please correct me or share info if the cat of the Ice Bucket Challenge has any deeper meaning or connection to ALS.

    • realfootballfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      It simulates the nerve feelings that ALS patients have from the cold shock a person gets when the water is poured on them.

  3. timb12 - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:26 PM


  4. bronx77 - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    It started as a challenge where if you didn’t do it within 24 hrs of being challenged then you had to donate 100 dollars to ALS. Then it started to pick up steam when a kid with ALS challenged his college classmates which was like 200 kids. They posted it on the internet and it took off. One of the ALS charities said that donations are up 400 percent since it began. Another said they have received 4 million dollars since it began. So even if the ice bucket has nothing to do with tea in China, if it’s raising awareness and funds for a disease. Then more power to the challenge. I don’t blame you though, it took me a long time to decide to look at the videos too.

  5. controlledchaos123 - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Lol Dikembe Mutombo is hysterical

  6. mz1394 - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Wtf did mutombo even say?!?!

  7. bronx77 - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Peter frates was a boston college baseball player who was diagnosed 2 years ago. It was originally a challenge for any charity but he focused it on ALS. The ice bucket part of it has no significance, but by making it a challenge more people are interested and therefore more people donate. If it wasn’t working then it wouldn’t have gotten this big. The idea behind it is that if you don’t do the challenge u have to donate 100 bucks. Some charities for ALS have reported a 400 percent increase in donations.

    • realfootballfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      Actually, the ice water part is to simulate what it feels like to have ALS when you get that cold shock.

  8. loubearkane - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    You have to sell it.

    Mutombo sold it!!!

  9. mvp43 - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Glad to see commissioner skinny head get involved. Maybe Goodell and Selig will follow. Of course Selig may go into caridac arrest.

  10. cantonbound13 - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    So that explains the oil slick in the ocean, thanks Pat.

  11. davidly - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Thousands of years from now — after our civilization has passed and a new one has emerged from the rubble and evolved into a scientific literacy — they’ll be no detectable record of how the ice challenge made ALS history. But there’ll no doubt be at least one surviving almanac with Lou Gehrig’s stats in it.

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