Rockets Accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Players and Staff Join the Viral Movement
by Chad Shanks

The Rockets organization has joined the growing ALS #IceBucketChallenge viral movement. The challenge consists of participants uploading videos of themselves having a bucket of ice water dumped over their heads and challenging others to do likewise in order to bring awareness to Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) - a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord (commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease). Participants are also encouraged to make donations at, who report the Ice Bucket Challenge has brought in over $30 million in donations to date.

Rockets' guard James Harden was the first in the organization to get soaked as he and his Team USA teammates accepted the challenge. He was soon joined by new Rockets teammates Trevor Ariza, Jeff Adrien and Nick Johnson in addition to returning teammates Troy Daniels, Donatas Motiejunas, Isaiah Canaan, Robert Covington, Josh Powell, Dwight Howard and Patrick Beverley. Clutch the Bear and the Rockets Power Dancers have also joined the cause.

UPDATE: Rockets GM Daryl Morey accepted Pat Beverley's challenge and endured one of the coldest ALS Ice Bucket Challenges we've seen. The Rockets ticket sales staff also responded to challenges from the Houston Astros & Dallas Mavericks sales teams. Their videos have been added below.

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