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Lessons I learned from playing poker that helped my improve my basketball skills posted by NBA News

Poker is a game that some try to discourage due to its perceived association to gambling. Some parents may discourage their children from playing the game; for fear that it could eventually lead to a gambling problem. However, this attitude is wrong, given the many benefits that both children and adults can gain from playing the game.

Playing poker requires a diverse range of skills that you acquire over some period of time. These skills can be applied in different areas of your life, from the sports you participate in to businesses and the personal relationships and interactions you have to handle on a day to day basis.

Making Timely Decisions

One of the ways lock poker helped me improve my basketball skills, was to improve my ability to make judgments. I learned to read non verbal cues that I could read from my opponents and use that to make split second decision. It made me realize that non verbal cues can add improve decision making. I realized it is possible to learn to look for this cues as when training and playing in the field, without necessarily knowing what to look out for.

The beauty of poker, is that it helps you to learn things faster. You recognize patterns and learn to identify them quickly. The game has a tight feedback system that enhances the learning process. Other games do not. But if you play this game for an extended period of time, you will teach your mind to identify these patterns.

Taking Risks

Another way that this poker helped me to improve my basketball skills was to learn how and when to take risks. The consequences of taking certain risks become apparent almost immediately. As a result you learn to weigh the risks. You become increasingly aware of the weight of your actions and learn to make the right decision on your feet.

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Tips To Becoming A Professional Sports Bettor posted by NBA News

Gambling is one of the oldest forms of commercial activities known to man.  There are many types of gambling and one of the most popular is sports betting.  To put it in layman’s term, sports betting is simply predicting and placing a wager on the outcome of a sports event.

For most people, sports betting is merely a hobby that can be addictive and engaging. People place wagers on the outcome of the Super Bowl, for instance. Through sports betting, cheering for a particular team or athlete becomes more thrilling since there is money involved.

However, for some people, sports betting is not just a recreational activity that they enjoy. In fact, they rely on sports betting for their main source of income. These professional sports bettors don’t just rely on luck. After all, luck can’t be on their side most of the time to make sports betting their primary source of income.

Sports betting is not for everyone. It takes a lot of guts for people to make sports betting their bread and butter. For the few who are inclined to make sports betting their number one source of income, here are some tips to become successful in this endeavor.

The first key to being a professional sports bettor is to learn how to be detached to a certain sports team or athlete. In sports betting, it is very common for recreational bettors to place a wager on their favorite team or athlete. For instance, a bettor from New York is inclined to put his money on the Knicks instead of, say, the Miami Heat. Emotional attachment to a sports team or athlete is one of the obstacles to becoming a successful professional sports bettor. When one bets solely or mainly on the basis of preference, then there are higher chances that he or she will end up on the losing side.

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The Kentucky Derby is Just Around the Corner posted by NBA News

The Kentucky Derby is considered as the most exciting two minutes in all of sports.  It is held every year in Kentucky, Louisville.  It is the highlight of the two-week long Kentucky Derby Festival. It is the first leg of the US Triple Crown, followed by the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. Unlike the other two races, the Kentucky Derby has been held every year since 1875.  This year, the event is slated on May 4. Several horses are being picked as top contenders in the race. These include Verrazano, Revolutionary and Shanghai Bobby. Like in previous years, the Kentucky Derby is expected to draw a lot of interest with millions of people placing bets on their favorite horses. You can make money by betting on the Kentucky Derby, and this article discusses how. 

First, you should be familiar with the betting terminologies. A win pertains to a bet on a horse you think will win the race, while a place pertains to a bet on a horse you think will end up either in first or second place. A show is a bet on a horse you think will finish first, second or third.  The three are the basic types of wagers offered by Churchill Downs, the racetrack that hosts the derby.  There are also exotic wagers, or more complicated types that include exacta (picking the top 2 finishers), trifecta (picking the top 3 finishers) and superfecta (picking the top 4 finishers). 

In the Kentucky derby, you are betting against other players. Churchill Downs gets a slice of the total pool (around 15 to 20%) and then the rest of the money is given to all the players that have the winning tickets.  If it is your first time to bet, you can check live KY derby betting odds to have a better idea on which horse to put your money on. 

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Lakers Flourishing With Bynum posted by Lakers News

The defending champion Los Angeles Lakers will always be a  basketball betting favorite to win the title, as they’ve lifted the Larry O’Brien Trophy five times since 2000, and have gone to the Finals seven times in total. The Lakers are starting to surge just in time for the postseason, and having  Andrew Bynum playing near the top of his game is a huge, literally and figuratively, asset to have.

The oft-injured Bynum started the season on the sidelines because of knee problems, and coach Phil Jackson has brought the 23-year-old center along slowly. But over the past month, Bynum is showing why the Lakers have always been so reluctant to include him in any trade talks, averaging 12.2 points, 13.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game on 30.7 minutes. Bynum also received a two-game suspension for a flagrant foul on Minnesota’s Michael Beasley in a win on March 18th. The Lakers have gone 12-1 in March heading into a showdown on Thursday with Dallas, and Bynum will be looking to continue a run in which he’s snatched 10 or more rebounds in eight games this month.

When Bynum is being a force in the paint at both ends of the floor, you have to make the Lakers the favorites in the West. The Lakers can play tougher on the perimeter and send everything towards Bynum, who will at least alter the shot, and he’s learning to stay out of foul trouble, although he did have two games this month in which he had five fouls. That keeps Bynum’s minutes down, and keeps him from getting into a rhythm. On the offensive end, Bynum is averaging 3.2 offensive rebounds a game, which gives him the chance to get putbacks and dunks (he’s shooting 57.5% from the field on the season), and you can give him the ball in crunch time because he shoots a decent percentage from the line (69.0%). That will only create more space for the likes of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, and if the Lakers are firing on all cylinders, Bynum is going to be a major factor in the run for a third consecutive NBA champion.

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Miami Heat Could Be A Bust posted by Richard Kagan

It's come down to this.  A coming out party for the 3 star players of the Heat:  LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade, was wierd.  It was over-the-top and unfortunate.  If this is an example of giving the players their due props, then the Heat are already in trouble.  They haven't won anything.  You'd think they won the NBA title.  Heck, they haven't even played together, won a game together, fought together or sweat together.

I'll say this, when it came down the crunch time against the Celtics, where was Lebron?  He all but disappeared in game 5.  Looked dreadful, out of sync, like he woke up on the wrong side of the bed. 

This whole deal with the Heat is all hype and flash.  It's alot of smoke and flash.  The Heat will be interesting to watch.  Everyone will expect them to win every game they play.  After about 10 games, playing for them won't be fun anymore.  The Heat could collapse under the weight of the over-sized egos on the team.  They may have to turn to Pat Riley to coach these guys, but he can;'t make them play together.  Not too many teams will be able to test them, but they will be tested, and then we will see how good they are.  One coach will find a way to neutralize LeBron, and the other parts won't work as well.  A coach has to understand physics and the laws of human nature and there aren't too many coaches that come to mind.  Phil Jackson can find a way to beat the Heat.  He has Kobe and Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.  The Lakers and the Heat will be something to see.

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Lakers Watch (7/1/10) posted by TP&G Blog

June 15, 2010 - Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES -  epa02204272 Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar (C) makes a pass  around Boston Celtics center Rasheed Wallace (L) and Boston Celtics  guard Nate Robinson (R) in the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers  89-67 win over the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals Game Six at the  Staples Center in Los Angeles California, USA 15 June 2010. The best of  seven series is tied at 3-3. May 10, 2010 -  Salt Lake City, Ut, California, U.S. - Los Angeles Lakers' Shannon Brown  slams home two points over Utah Jazz's Ronnie Price in the first half  Monday night, May 10th, 2010 at the Western Conference Semifinals at  EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah. ....///ADDITIONAL  INFO:01.lakers.0511.mg - 05/10/10 - Photo by MICHAEL GOULDING,THE ORANGE  COUNTY REGISTER - Additional info, CQs, and keywords for  searching..Lakers vs Utah Jazz in Game 4 of the Western Conference  Semifinals at EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah.

There is still nothing major yet to report regarding the Laker off-season moves, but this so-called exciting job fair is starting bad. Really, really bad with too many non-top-tier players (and counting) getting offered ridiculous contracts.

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What the 2009-2010 Season Taught us About the Lakers posted by TP&G Blog

June 17, 2010 - Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES -    epa02208457 Los Angeles Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic of Slovenia kisses    the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after he and the Los Angeles    Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics 83-79 to win their 16th NBA    Championship at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA 17    June 2010.

Plans of dethroning the Lakers are well underway, and in less than 24 hours the first step will being. But before we start watching how next season will shape up for our back-to-back champs, let's take a look at some of the highs and lows that brought the Lakers to one of the most epic NBA Finals in history and cement another Laker legacy:

• Jerry Buss has always been a businessman who knows his craft but never ever takes whatever or whoever makes his Lakers one of the most respected franchise in sports history. That includes sticking with the players who win him another championship. He may have tried to put on his poker face with Lamar Odom last sumer, but we all knew he would help Lamar win that poker game only because he hates fixing something that isn't broken. However, Odom may have made Buss regret not sending him on a one-way bus fare to Miami by being too inconsistent in this year's playoffs. Another thing about Buss: he demands the same generosity from the players he give charity to. The way Odom stunk it up in the post-season, he just might be the first victim of Buss' budget plans for next season.

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Three-peat is highly possible for Lakers in next NBA season posted by nbaball

THE BOLD declaration of Los Angeles Lakers superstar guard Kobe "Black Mamba" Bryant that the team will attain its third straight crown in the next season of the National Basketball Association is highly possible. Basketball experts said three-peat might be hard to achieve in the face of the tough competition in the NBA but if the Lakers will continue to play its full potential it is very possible.

The basketball experts said one thing going for the Lakers in its quest for a piece of NBA history is the fact that almost all of their important players will be back for the team to defend their crown. Bryant the heart and soul of the Lakers had an existing contract to play for the Lakers for many years to come.
With the superstar guard still part of the Lakers roster, the team will remain solid for years to come. Aside from Bryant other Lakers players who will be back to defend their crown are superstar center Pau Gasol, versatile power-forward Lamar Odom, veteran point-guard Derek Fisher, rising young center Andrew Bynum and defensive specialist Ron Artest.

Gasol had been a vital factor in the Laker's tough victory against its arch rival Boston Celtics in their best of seven NBA Finals.
The Spanish center provided front-court scoring and defense to frustrate and defeat the determined Celtics who was able to send the game into a deciding game seven. Odom although undersized as a power-forward still contributed big for the team with his ball distribution and clutch plays against the trough defense put out by the Celtics.

Fisher for his part provided efficient veteran leadership to solidify and add more spunk to the defending champion. Bynum for his part was a steady center who provided quality minutes in terms of scoring and defense for the team. Newly acquired Laker Artest is himself had a big contribution for the Lakers victory with his tough defense against the top scorers of the opposing team particularly in the NBA Finals against Celtics superstar forward Paul "Truth" Pierce. With those players mentioned back in Lakers uniform in the next NBA season it would very difficult for other NBA teams including the Celtics to defeat the defending NBA champion. To achieve their desired three-peat the Lakers however need to resign Lakers coach Phil Jackson to coach the championship team again in the next season of the premier professional basketball league in the planet.
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Father's Day, Fútbol, and Prince Albert? posted by Amari Harris

Good morning brave souls.

 

Once again, it has been an unreasonably long time since I’ve done this but I’ve had quite a bit on my plate for the last couple months.  I’ve officially started my education in the law and I’m also the captain/coach/coordinator/quarterback/cornerback for my flag football team.  Ok, that’s only two things but cut me some slack.  I have to make time for Paul, Jack, and Evan.  But I am digressing.  You don’t want to hear about what’s going on in my life (you selfish bastards!).  You want to hear about men in little shorts, playing with balls that they throw or kick in a whole, a goal, or sometimes even into the hands of another man (gross).  

 

So where do I begin?  Well, if this were an international blog I’d have to start with globes most beloved sport and the World Cup.  Everybody loves the soccer and everybody loves the World Cup.  People come out of the wood works to pick the team they think is going to go all the way and 9 times out of 10 they can’t even name the goalie.  But me, I’m an honest Joe.  I mean I’ll keep track of who is moving up in the standings, but I may watch a total of 5 minutes of this dreadfully dry activity over its duration. I’m not going to pretend I like soccer or know anything about it for that much.  With that said, I bought an ITALIA World Cup t-shirt because it looks good on me and girls love Italy…I think.  

My goodness, I forgot two very important administrative announcements before I started this thing.  First I’d like to wish all of the

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SOX SWEEP D-Backs, ... ... ...celtics lose championship... ... ... posted by Joe Franciosa, Jr.

The Sox just swept the worst team in the NL West. Wooooooooo.

 It just figures that the one time I'm actually rooting against the Sox, they win. When the Celtics play before the Sox, and the Celtics win, the Sox win. When the Sox play before the Celtics, and the Sox win, the Celtics lose. It's an incredibly stupid statistic, but no less accurate for its stupidity concerning the 2010 season. So, when the Sox won last night, I knew whatever vestige of hope had remained was squelched. That didn't stop me from rooting any harder for the C's... I was standing in my buddy's living room for the last 5 minutes of that game because I was too hyped up to stay in my seat.

 2010 Celtics, thanks for the effort. You took us on one hell of a roller-coaster this post-season. I didn't expect you to get past the Cavs. I did expect you to get past the Magic, especially after the Refs tried to give that series away.  I'm not even going to comment on the officiating of the Finals. If you watched and had half a brain in your head, it was obvious what was going on.

 So let's talk about the tragedy of this loss. Without Perk, the Celtics still had a 13 point lead in the 3rd quarter. Celtics defense held the Lakers to just 32% shooting from the field. If anyone wearing green had pulled down just two or three more rebounds, the Celtics would have their 18th banner. Instead, KG has 3 rebounds for the entire game. That's just not a Championship effort. Not in a game 7, on the road. Certainly not with your only true big man dressed in a green button up shirt with a bum knee on the sideline.

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The Clippers sale is now complete: Steve Ballmer is in, and Donald Sterling, at long last, i

It's official: Steve Ballmer is now the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, and Donald Sterling is out of the NBA. Shortly after Bloomberg News reported Tuesday afternoon that the $2 billion sale of the franchise to the former Microsoft CEO by the Sterling Family Trust had been completed, the NBA released the following statement : The transaction in which Steve Ballmer purchased the Los Angeles Clippers closed today following the entry of an order by a California court confirming the authority of Shelly Sterling, on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust, to sell the team. The NBA Board of Governors previously approved the sale and Ballmer is now the Clippers Governor. That approval came in a vote held last week , according to ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne, after an interview with Ballmer that took place in mid-July . The Board of Governors' vote to approve Ballmer's $2 billion bid was reportedly unanimous . After the announcement, the Clippers' Twitter account fired off a brief, celebratory message: #ItsANewDay —Los Angeles Clippers (@LAClippers) August 12, 2014 ... which was followed by a more substantive team statement announcing the sale's completion. “I am humbled and honored to be the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers,”Ballmer said in the team's statement . “Clipper fans are so amazing. They have remained fiercely loyal to our franchise through some extraordinary times. I will be hard core in giving the team, our great coach, staff and players the support they need to do their best work on the court. And we will do whatever necessary to provide our fans and their families with the best game-night experience in the NBA." Clippers head coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers had reportedly told team CEO Richard Parsons that he would quit if Sterling remained the team's owner come the start of next season, and had discussed with point guard and player's union president Chris Paul the prospect of a boycott should Sterling's ouster lingered into the season. Such actions now won't be necessary, and Rivers says he's quite pleased to begin anew. “This is an amazing new day in Clippers history,”Rivers said in the team statement . “I couldn’t be more excited to work together with Steve as we continue to build a first-class, championship organization. I am already inspired by Steve’s passion for the game, his love of competition and desire to win the right way and I know our players and fans are going to be inspired as well.” [read full article]

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Teens enter Ray Allen's Fla. home through unlocked door in middle of night while wife, children

It's perfectly reasonable to want to know whether Ray Allen has chosen to return to the Miami Heat for a 19th pro season or if, like fellow free-agent sharpshooters Mike Miller and James Jones before him, he's decided to follow LeBron James north to Ohio to join the Cleveland Cavaliers. Deciding you're going to search for the answer by sneaking into his house in the wee small hours of the night, though? That's not reasonable. Moreover, it's ... y'know ... a crime . A septet of line-stepping teenage attendees of a party next door to Allen's Coral Gables, Fla., home learned that on Thursday, according to Emma Court of the Miami Herald : It looked like no one was home about 2 a.m., so they walked in through an unlocked back door. Allen wasn’t home, but his wife, Shannon Walker Allen, and their kids were sleeping upstairs, according to Coral Gables police spokeswoman Kelly Denham. When the intruders began walking around and making noise, Shannon Allen woke up and screamed, “What are you doing in my home?” (Let the record show that Miami ABC affiliate Local 10 presents a more colorful and, to these ears, more believable version of the quote .) The intruders — six men and a woman, ages 18 to 19 — scattered after Allen screamed, according to NBCMiami.com : The teens [...] believed Allen and his family weren't home and said they thought it would be "cool" to go in the house [...] They told some parents what had happened and the parents drove them to the police department to report what happened, Denham said. "They stated that they did enter the home," said Denham. "They were there to see where Ray Allen had lived. They honestly thought that he had moved from the house." See, here's the thing: It's not cool to go into someone's house in the middle of the night if they're not home! Even if you honestly think they've moved! That is still super not cool, in fact! Police described the teen intruders as "crying" and "terrified" during their interviews, which is quite something, since they're not the ones whose homes were entered in the middle of the night by seven people they didn't know. As it stands, they haven't been charged with anything. Police didn't call it burglary due to the teens entering the Allen home through an unlocked door and because nothing had been taken from the home, and the Herald reported that "the crime does not qualify as trespassing — a misdemeanor —because the act was not witnessed by a police officer." The intruders are still subject to trespassing prosecution by the State Attorney's Office should Shannon Allen choose to press charges, though, and police spokeswoman Denham told the Herald that "she intends to do so." Allen is just the most recent in a string of NBA players to fall victim to such an invasion of privacy, although he thankfully fared better than others who lost property in the process. Allen's Heat teammate Chris Bosh had his home burglarized in April 2013, with an estimated $340,000 worth of items stolen while he was out celebrating his 29th birthday. Fellow Miami forward Udonis Haslem's South Florida home was also burglarized  just 10 days after Bosh's. In December, then-Heat guard Roger Mason Jr. and his family members were victims of an armed robbery at a Miami restaurant, with the thieves making off with his Rolex watch and his sister's purse. (The items were later recovered by Miami police.) In March, Los Angeles Lakers swingman Nick Young had more than $100,000 worth of belongings — jewelry, clothes, luggage and shoes, including his beloved Nike Air Yeezys — stolen while he was playing a game against the Orlando Magic. In April, Indiana Pacers star Paul George returned from a home game to find that more than $15,000 worth of shoes and jewelry — including a platinum-and-diamond NBA All-Star ring — has been taken from his home. For the record, Allen remains a free agent — one of the best still on the market, according to Our Fearless Leader — and says that not only has he not discussed a Cleveland team-up with LeBron , but that he hasn't yet decided if he wants to come back for a 19th professional season. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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Team USA takes #IceBucketChallenge, calls out President Obama, Commissioner Adam Silver, Opr

You are awake and on the Internet, which means you're probably aware of the Ice Bucket Challenge , a viral video-based campaign aimed at raising both awareness of and money for research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis , often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease. The process is simple: break out a camera, have someone pour a bucket of ice water over your head, and then ask a few people to do the same thing within the next 24 hours or to donate money to the ALS Association . The videos have spread far and wide throughout seemingly every community, and they appear to be working —the association said it had added "more than 70,000 new donors" between July 29 and Aug. 12, and "received $5.5 million" between July 29 and Aug. 14, "compared to $32,000 in the same period last year," according to TIME . In Chicago on Friday, it came time for the members of the U.S. men's national basketball team to accept the challenge during a break in their training for the upcoming 2014 FIBA World Cup. When Stephen Curry —and James Harden, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Kenneth Faried and DeMarcus Cousins —prepared to face the dreaded cold water, they decided to set their sights pretty high when it came to passing the challenge on to the next group: (Check out Kyrie Irving, fully dressed and not getting drenched. C'mon, Uncle Drew, where's your team spirit?) "Team USA #alsicebucketchallenge... We all were challenged by somebody so we did it together," Curry wrote in his Instagram post . "We nominate Barack Obama, Adam Silver, and Chicago's own @Oprah." I'm guessing Steph's out of luck on POTUS, who declined the challenge but reportedly did donate to the ALSA. And Oprah ... well, I'm sorry to tell you this, Steph, but Tyler Perry got there first . Silver, though? I feel like there's a really, really good chance that we'll see the commish get soaked before too long. (Cue up those "Sexy Silver" chants .) If you would like to donate to the ALS Association, you can do so here . If you would like to watch more NBA-related people take the Ice Bucket Challenge, you can do so below. Here's New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith: ... and Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul: ... and Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash (along with NHL winger George Parros): ... and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant: ... and Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore: ... and Portland Trail Blazers swingman Wesley Matthews: ... and his teammate, Damian Lillard: ... and Orlando Magic forward Moe Harkless: ... and his teammate, Victor Oladipo: ... and Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal: ... and his teammate, John Wall: ... and Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens: Hat-tips to All Ball , FTW and Sportando . More Team USA coverage: - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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LeBron, Adam Silver, Becky Hammon, Dikembe Mutombo among NBA'ers to take ALS Ice Bucket Chal

The NBA's ongoing commitment to dumping cold water on itself to raise awareness of and money for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis , often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, continues apace. After a slew of players and coaches, including multiple members of Team USA , participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge last week, they were joined by several well-known stragglers over the weekend, including a certain four-time NBA Most Valuable Player with whom you might be familiar. (If you've somehow managed to avoid the videos to this point, the challenge is a viral video-based campaign dreamed up by the ALS Association to bolster fundraising efforts during the waning days of summer. The process is simple: start recording video, have someone pour a bucket of ice water over your head or pour one on yourself, and then ask a few people to do the same thing within the next 24 hours or to donate money to the charity. The campaign has been a monstrous success, with the ALS Association reporting Sunday that there have been "about 260,000 new donors" responsible for "$13.3 million in donations since July 29, compared with $1.7 million duringthe same period last year, according to the New York Times .) After being challenged to participate by reigning MVP Kevin Durant, LeBron James bit the bullett and faced the bucket this weekend: Like Team USA before him, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward nominated President Barack Obama to participate in the challenge. I once again regret to inform an NBA superstar that the president has already been challenged and declined to dump a bucket of ice water on his head , though he reportedly did donate to the ALSA. LeBron also nominated his two sons, which seems especially cold (WRITING) since he can tell them that he's not going to let them have a hundred bucks each to make a donation. Game's rigged, man. While I don't expect the president to get wet, another one of Team USA's targets accepted the challenge, as predicted in this very space . Take it away, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: Silver paid the challenge forward to recently hired San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, who accepted in an appropriately all-business fashion: ... and to legendary big man Dikembe Mutombo, who accepted wonderfully and on what appears to be a flip phone from 1998: Other noted cold water/charity enthusiasts include Heat president of basketball operations Pat Riley: ... and Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra: ... and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook: ... and Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivéand Hall of Famer/team advisor Chris Mullin, joined by U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati, with the bucket-dumping done by none other than Rudy Gay and, obviously, Rod Stewart: ... and, in a somewhat dismissive yet contextually appropriate way, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who never stops wanting to remind us that he is always working: If you would like to donate to the ALS Association, you can do so here . - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. Related Video: [read full article]

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