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When Chalmers grows up, LeBron will stop yelling at him

Oct 4, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

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Mario Chalmers is the Heats’ whipping boy.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, pretty much all the Heat players are not shy about yelling at Chalmers. He’s no rookie anymore — he has a ring and he’s hit big shots for the Heat — but he makes the little mistakes that infuriate veterans, and they let him have it. All the time.

On media day, Chalmers said he hoped the veterans would tone it down this year.

LeBron says that’s up to Chalmers. Via the Palm Beach Post (hat tip to SLAM).

“If he’s grown up in the last year, then it will tone down,” James said, laughing. “It’s that simple. If he doesn’t want that type of reaction from me or—”

He paused.

“Yeah, I could do a better job of that as well,” James said. “I understand. I could do a better job of that. But I don’t do it just to do it. He messes up sometimes. But he comes through for me, though.”

Is LeBron maturing as a team leader? Well, that or he’s gotten soft in his old age.

The real test? How much does Ray Allen start yelling at Chalmers?

  1. nokoolaidcowboy - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    “He messes up sometimes. But he comes through for me, though.”

    Something about this line doesn’t sound right when you are talking about another grown a$$ man. To be an effective leader, Lebron has to do so without berating someone. Especially in front of other peers. And because he corrects someone doesn’t mean everyone else gets to pile on.

    Lebron will probably do alright because winning cures all ills, right? Well, it’s up to Chalmers on how much of this he is willing to take.

    • passerby23 - Oct 4, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      What’s wrong about that statement is the ME part. Don’t you mean he comes through for THE TEAM, Lebron???

  2. phx1311 - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    That is not leadership that is called arrogance. The way he, Wade, and Bosh yelled at Mario on national tv was pathetic.

    • eventhorizon04 - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      Kobe publicly calls out Pau Gasol in front of the media every year.

      And don’t let the Hanes underwear commercials fool you – Michael Jordan (Greatest Champion of All Time) was famously harsh on his teammates.

      But by all means – pretend LeBron yelling at Chalmers after he dribbles the ball out of bounds is something controversial.

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Funny thing is Lebron’s only 18 months older than Mario.

    Lebron born- 12/30/84
    Rio born- 5/19/1986

    • eventhorizon04 - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      I’ve seen Peyton Manning and Tom Brady yell at their teammates, many of whom are as old as them.

      Nobody criticizes them because they’re champions. Meanwhile, when Jay Cutler does it, it’s a national news story.

      These are competitive men. When I play basketball with amateurs, guys yell at each other. I don’t know when men yelling at men became “disgraceful,” but it’s definitely recent.

      • redbullenergydrink - Oct 4, 2012 at 9:51 PM

        There is definitely a double standard.

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    ” Not yet……Not yet…..Just keep playin’ ball ”
    Lebron James to a preening Mario Chalmers, about 5 minutes left in Game 5, 2012 NBA Finals.

    Goosebumps

    • Michael DeCicco - Oct 4, 2012 at 7:47 PM

      “Keep grinding”

  5. miamatt - Oct 4, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Different players (and people in general) respond to different types of criticism. Some guys need a hand on the shoulder and a few words spoken in private, some guys need to be chewed out publicly. Chalmers is obviously one of the latter.

    LBJ is obviously the unquestioned leader on this team, and if ‘Rio needs a talking to, he’ll get it. And let’s not imply that everybody on the Heat chews out Chalmers. It’s pretty much Wade (who was doing it before LBJ arrived) and James, plus Spoelstra of course. And the reason they are hard on him is that he has ice water in his veins and the talent to improve as a player.

  6. tcclark - Oct 5, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    why would they ever need to yell at Chalmers? He’s one of the top 10 point guards in the NBA remember?

  7. blueintown - Oct 5, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Remember when Michael Jordan punched Steve Kerr in the face? Anyone?

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