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LeBron angrily goes after Mario Chalmers on the Heat bench (VIDEO)

Dec 18, 2013, 9:52 PM EDT

It’s been a running theme over the past few seasons in Miami, where the Heat veterans — namely LeBron James and Dwyane Wade — haven’t been at all shy about dressing down Mario Chalmers on the court following an in-game mistake.

Two straight championships later, things apparently haven’t changed all that much.

In the third quarter of Miami’s matchup with the Pacers, after a defensive lapse allowed Paul George to get wide open to knock down an uncontested attempt from three-point distance, Chalmers said something in the ensuing timeout that James found objectionable. LeBron jumped up and went after Chalmers, and was restrained by Udonis Haslem from escalating things even further.

In a later huddle, LeBron could be seen apologizing, saying, “Rio. I was wrong. My bad.” He also posted a similar message to his Twitter account after the game was over.

  1. antistratfordian - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    I have a tweet idea (twidea?) for Kobe:

    We just saw why miami will be champs @kingsjames and @mchalmers15 not afraid to confront each other in order to win. #respect

    • kinggw - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      They weren’t lying when they said its a family dynamic with the Heat. Just like with family you can be yelling one minute and five minutes later everything is cool.

      • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        Kobe does a lot of yelling and lets his teammates get a piece of his mind for screwing up.

        I doubt Kobe would ever apologize and acknowledge when he loses his temper and he’s really blasted teammates before (Pau, Smush Parker, Kwame, etc.)

        Lebron’s a good dude for apologizing.

    • musician0785 - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      couldn’t help yourself could you troll? What the hell does this have to do with Kobe?

    • musician0785 - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      oh and the reason Miami MIGHT be champs, is because they have 3 top 15 players and Ray Allen, not because Chalmers and LBJ can argue and still get along…..what ridiculous propoganda from this heat loving, Kobe hating, troll.

      • gettinbuckets513 - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:35 PM

        I don’t know what you’ve been watching but Bosh is not a top 15 player anymore and Wade is half the time. Lebron is the reason they win, without great bigs, unlike Paul George who has a great front line and Kobe when he was winning.

        Guys like Jordan and Lebron don’t need great bigs to win because they’re so efficient.

      • musician0785 - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:15 PM

        bosh still not a top 15 player? lmaooooooooooooo

      • musician0785 - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        oh and please tell me how lamar odom and pau gasol are “great bigs”

      • elcapitanfiscal - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:51 AM

        You mad bro?

      • musician0785 - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        Mad? No….i just enjoy calling out trolls when I see em…..especially the ones who cant help drag Kobe’s name in conversations and articles that have ZERO to do with him or the lakers

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      Miami won’t win sheet with this team, the run is over!

    • unxpexted1 - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      yet when Kobe digs in on Pau on the court and yells out him, he’s just being selfish, a bad teammate and bad leader? Gotcha

      • reesesteel23 - Dec 19, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        #1 Kome has no room to “dig in” on anybody because everyone on the Laker roster is more efficient than he is.
        #2 Kome wouldn’t apologize.

      • reesesteel23 - Dec 19, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        Also, Kome calls out teammates in the press too…

      • musician0785 - Dec 22, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        calling him “KOME” is not clever, or funny….let it go and call the grown man by his name….

  2. knicksmets - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    antistratfordian, is confronting teammates really that special, I’m pretty sure that happens a lot. It’s not like like James was the first to do it. They are champions for other reasons.

  3. ProBasketballPundit - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    That’s LeBron’s man; he basically took defensive possessions off during that stretch and Paul George made him pay. Then I’m guessing LeBron yelled at Chalmers so the TV audience wouldn’t think he fell asleep… and Chalmers didn’t let it go like he usually does.

    It’s an interesting dynamic they have with Chalmers. He has an irrational amount of confidence in his abilities which means he can take a lot of abuse from teammates because he doesn’t believe their criticisms of him to be accurate. I wonder if LBJ & Wade will say/do anything to keep him in Miami.

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Jonathan Martin would have peed his diapers and cried to his lawyer. Mario is a tough minded dude.

    • zerole00 - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      I realize you’re trolling but all the same:
      1) I highly doubt LBJ made death threats against Chalmers’ family
      2) LBJ doesn’t have a history of being a headcase

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    And how freaking great is UD. He saw what was happening before it happened, positioned himself perfectly, gave LeBron the perfect amount of room, and stepped in right at the perfect time. THAT, my friends, is what a CAPTAIN does. And LeBron respects UD so much he stepped down right away and apologized.

    UD! #40 going up to the rafters in a few years

    • huddleup22 - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      What a rich history one team has when someone like Udonis Haslem is in the rafters!

      • kinggw - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:32 AM

        Considering that the Heat have only been around for 25 years and that only 4 teams have more championships than they do, I’d say it is a pretty rich history.

  6. hoopsdream - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Mario deserves more respect than that. He has earned it

  7. apkyletexas - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    LeBron is one Ray Allen miracle shot from being 1-3 lifetime in final series.

    Think about it.

    He knows his career has already peaked, and he’s frustrated knowing he’ll retire without reaching any of his milestones.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      Dang, that 1st paragraph is so true when you think about it.

    • ranfan12 - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:48 AM

      Well he reached his championship milestone a couple of years ago lol, so you’re wrong on that part at least

      “LeBron is one Ray Allen miracle shot from being 1-3 lifetime in final series.”
      That’s all fine, but when good things happen like that, you don’t think about what could’ve been. You think about that champagne celebration in the back room LOL

      Gotta do better than that lol

      • fanofevilempire - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:09 AM

        maybe the Heat front court players will have a growth spurt and grow a few inches
        before they meat the Pacers this spring.

      • heat256 - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM

        “maybe the Heat front court players will have a growth spurt and grow a few inches
        before they meat the Pacers this spring”. – Are they going to hit them with ribeyes? Or filet mignons?

    • drewdatwit84 - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      that’s like saying Kobe is a couple Robert Horry shots and Derek Fisher shots away from less rings. or MJ was a couple Steve Kerr shots away from one less ring.

      Think about that.

      any Ray Allen bailout argument is foolish, for basketball is a TEAM game. that’s what they’re on the court with u for. to help THE TEAM, not just the one star.

    • cheathamhouse1 - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Don’t forget all of the hard work by Lebron to lead his team to get to that “miracle shot” you mention. MJ had Paxson…remember. Actually, I see quite a few parallels: LBJ…MJ, Wade…Pippen, Bird Man…Rodman (they probably even had the same tattoos), Allen…Paxson, etc. I’m not saying that the Heat’s roster is equal, worse, or better than some of the Chicago Championship rosters, but there are similarities. And when you have the two best teams on the planet fighting it out in a physical chess match, it often comes down to one shot. Just saying.

  8. sportsfan18 - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    LBJ wasn’t happy last season that he finished 2nd in the defensive player of the year award.

    Rio told LBJ in the huddle that if we would play better help D, he would have won that award.

    LBJ didn’t take kindly to that obviously.

  9. progress2011 - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Rio is a good guy and a decent player. The following comments are not to tear him down, but to make an observation.
    1. Rio IS NOT a PG! – He doesn’t have the handles or the quickness to bring the ball up the court to set up the offense/ run the offense. This leaves the primary responsibility on LBJ.
    2. Rio is a Flat-Footed player and cannot defend the quicker PG’s in the league. This leaves the primary responsibility on LBJ.
    3. Rio cannot create his own shot. This leaves the primary responsibility on LBJ to get him a shot.

    LBJ has played most of his career with inefficient PG’s, leaving him the bulk of responsibility. The Pacers have made significant strides, after pushing the Heat last year.

    LBJ has been around long enough and has identified the biggest weak link, second to rebounding and it is the PG Position!

    I would truly enjoy seeing Demar Derozan in a Heat uniform!

    If Riley and Heat Mgt are smart (and I think they are) they will address LBJ’s frustrations….OR he might head home to play with Irving and Bynum next year…….That would be KRAZY!

    • fanofthegame79 - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      But DeMar DeRozan is a shooting guard or small forward, not a point guard.

      • progress2011 - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:40 AM

        LBJ is a Small Forward but has multiple skill sets…as does Demar…..your next observation is what!

      • borderline1988 - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:09 AM

        Demar Derozan? I’m so confused, where did that come from? Derozan is exactly what the Heat DONT need. They have the best 3 in the game (in Lebron), arguably the best 2 in the game (in Wade) and the best shooter in NBA history coming off the bench to back up the 2/3 position.

        They need help at the centre position foremost. A guy who can adequately defend Hibbert or West, and rebound the ball.
        They could also use some PG help, although that’s not as concerning, as Chalmers and Cole are serviceable enough to do the job, b/c all you really need are guys who can shoot and defend.

        Any updates on Greg Oden btw? He hasn’t played yet this season; is there any chance he can give 10 minutes/night at some point?

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      How in the blue hell would DeMar DeRozan help out their weaknesses in rebounding and PG play??

    • cheathamhouse1 - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      LOL!!! That would be KRAZY. He might do it towards the end of his career when he is certain that he can’t win any more championships, but I wouldn’t count on it anytime soon. Funny thing is that the people of Cleveland, who were burning his jersey’s when he left, would embrace his return now.

  10. progress2011 - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Blue Hell…..You must be drinkin that cheap rot-gut maltliquor again!

    If you’ve ever stopped washing kobe’s jock for a second to watch DeMar play, you’d know he is a fantastic re bounder and perimeter defender.

    He has better ball handling skills than Chalmers and Cole!

    He can get his own shot!


    • heat256 - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      Are you DeMar’s agent?

    • borderline1988 - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      I watch almost every Raptors game. I have been impressed with Derozan’s game, but you have no clue what you’re talking about.

      His ball-handling skills are maybe average at best. In fact, I’d like to see him tighten up his handle, and get better at beating his defender one-on-one. If you watched yesterday’s game in OT on the Raptors final possession, he tried to take his man one-on-one and essentially lost the ball (he got lucky by regaining the ball out of the air and then getting fouled on his shot). He needs to dribble lower, and make more decisive dribbling moves, especially his change of direction moves; he’s not very good at doing basic cross-overs. He also could get better dribbling with his left hand.

      I always thought he was really over-rated, but he’s improved significantly over the past 1.5 years.
      His jump-shooting has gotten way better, and he’s become one of the best players in the league coming around off-the-ball screens, b/c he can shoot, drive and pull-up in the midrange, or go all the way to the basket. There are very few players in the league who can do all three effectively coming around a screen. Ray Allen was the master at that in his younger days.

      And DD’s defense is average; he should be more aggressive. He has great leaping ability and is fast once he gets going, but his footspeed and first-step explosiveness are not at an elite level, which is why his ceiling as a defender isn’t very high.

  11. progress2011 - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Watching the video again….It’s funny! LBJ is the face of the league, soon to be 5 time MVP.

    Rio beefing with LBJ like he really wanted to do sumthin…….REALLY!!!!

    His minutes have been shrinking & back-side didn’t leave the bench again, after this incident.

    That type of disdain for the best player in the game can’t be tolerated on a team or league level.

    His time is very limited in Miami….he will be traded before the All Star Break !

  12. ddpenny - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:16 AM

    huh? smh

  13. fnf417 - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    I still say don’t sleep on the pacers you will know why closer to the playoffs so both teams won at home it will come down to who has home advantage and if it’s Indiana , Miami is gonna have to win on the road and they haven’t beat Indiana in Indiana yet

  14. fnf417 - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:07 AM

    And still won’t be as good as MJ he’s gotta long way to go,stats are one thing but rings are another and he’s not even close yet not saying he won’t but one 3 peat is only half way there MJ still best ever

  15. markofapro - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    Hey, apkyletexas! Did Ray Allen make that shot? Just curious.

  16. zickhead - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Haha I kinda feel bad for Chalmers sometimes. He’s like the little scapegoat that everyone always takes their frustration out on.

    • cheathamhouse1 - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      I know what you mean. But it’s like Shaq said after the game “every team has it’s whipping boy”. For the Heat, it appears to be Chalmers.

  17. edwardemanuelson - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Sorry, just gotta ask this. I’m probably way out of the loop on this one, so I’ll probably be corrected a million times over. But, when did Chalmers’ start being referred to as Rio?

    I keep thinking of a kids movie and a Duran Duran song.

  18. h8rgnh8 - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Rio is short for Mario

  19. h8rgnh8 - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    o and his Heat teammates have been calling him that for years, not sure how far back it goes.

  20. Gary - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Big deal. There was a moment of frustration. I don’t see you guys putting up the video or Paul George throwing a hissy fit after the loss.

  21. chargerdillon - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    A team that holds each other accountable is a team that will win championships.

    Lebron did the right thing to respond immediately to not let the media blow this up into something it is not.

    You think Kobe and Shaq never butted heads?

    Hasn’t Kobe told Pau he’s got to wear his big boy pants?

    The best players hold their teammates to a high standard and the absolute best player in the game being Lebron James is no exception to this rule.

    The Cav’s Lebron probably wouldn’t have done this. The Heat Lebron is just like MJ, you don’t show up you are going to hear about it.

  22. SportsChump - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Let’s be honest. Who didn’t love watching this?

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