Fan favorite Mario Chalmers is officially back with the Miami Heat, and he is wasting no time in reminding us why he was so beloved in the first place.
The veteran guard, who played for the Heat for eight seasons and won two NBA championships with them, returned to the team on a 10-day contract this week. His first day back was on Friday, and he had a funny boneheaded moment while conducting a Zoom interview with reporters.
Before Chalmers started speaking, a Heat employee said, “Can we get some hands raised, please?” This was to direct reporters to use the “raise hand” feature on Zoom to ask their questions. Chalmers, however, thought it was meant for him and physically put up his own two hands.
Take a look at the priceless video.
Chalmers’ hilarious “oh” when he realized that the employee was talking to reporters and not him is what really makes that entire video.
The Heat won on Friday against the Houston Rockets, but Chalmers did not play. He was able to swish some threes in warmups beforehand though.
Chalmers is 35 years old and last played in the league in 2018, so it makes sense that the Heat would not just throw him in there right away. That said however, Chalmers still found a way to entertain us on Friday, which he already did plenty of during his first stint in Miami.
Photo: Jan 21, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Miami Heat forward guard Mario Chalmers (15) warms up before the first half of the game against the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
Mario Chalmers is hoping for a chance to reunite with the guy he carried to two NBA championships.
The former Miami Heat guard Chalmers reacted this week to the news that the Lakers are looking to add another playmaker in free agency.
“Let me get a shot at this,” Chalmers wrote on Twitter. “Just a workout or let me come play pick up.”
Chalmers, of course, has history with LeBron James, having won two titles with him during their four seasons as teammates in Miami. The Lakers also recently hired former Heat assistant David Fizdale, who coached the two players in Miami, to join head coach Frank Vogel’s staff.
Now 35, Chalmers has been out of the NBA since 2018 but has gone on to play overseas in Italy and Greece recently. The Lakers have championship aspirations, which makes a Chalmers signing a major longshot. But it would certainly do the heart good to see James yelling at Chalmers again.
Mario Chalmers is doing his best to try and get a spot back in the NBA.
The free agent point guard left a comment on Bleacher Report’s Instagram post Sunday night about Rajon Rondo’s thumb injury in which he offered up his services to the Lakers.
“Sounds like @lakers need another pg … been patiently waiting and workin (sic)” he wrote in a comment.
He tagged the Lakers in the comment so that the team’s Instagram account would be notified that he mentioned them. Rondo is expected to undergo surgery for a fractured thumb and miss 6-8 weeks.
Chalmers, 34, was a teammate of LeBron James in Miami, which could help his cause (or not). He last played for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2017-2018, averaging 7.7 points and 3.0 assists in 21.5 minutes per game over 66 games. He most recently played professional ball in Italy and Greece.
Unfortunately, players have to have been on an NBA or G League roster either this season or last season to be eligible to be signed to play in the restart, which would eliminate Chalmers from consideration.
Mario Chalmers is offering a moving story about Kobe Bryant days after Bryant’s posthumous appearance on ESPN’s “The Last Dance.”
In an interview this week with EuroHoops, the former Miami Heat guard Chalmers revealed that Bryant reached out to him when he suffered a torn right Achilles tendon as member of the Memphis Grizzlies in March 2016.
“That was a tough day for me,” said Chalmers of the day that he suffered the injury. “I had conversations with the management about re-signing, it hurt my soul and pride. It gave me a different view of life and basketball. A lot of things went through my mind.
“Kobe was the first person to reach out to me,” he added. “He gave me a call, helped me through my process. Dwyane Wade also was there for me and made sure I was okay. We texted a couple of times after the injury [with Kobe]”.
Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in January, suffered an Achilles tear of his own in April 2013 at 34 years old and returned to play three more NBA seasons. Chalmers was able to play one more season with the Grizzlies after his injury and now play overseas in Greece.
The incoming Basketball Hall of Famer Bryant had a very memorable cameo in “The Last Dance,” and it is opening the gates for more cool stories about him like this one from Chalmers.
Mario Chalmers has reportedly agreed to return to the Memphis Grizzlies on a one-year contract.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the deal for the free agent point guard is partially guaranteed.
Chalmers, 31, missed all of the 2016-2017 season after he tore his Achilles tendon. He was a solid contributor in Memphis the previous season, scoring 10.8 points per game while playing an average of 22.8 minutes a night.
Chalmers was a key role player on two NBA championship teams with the Miami Heat, and there were rumblings during last season about him potentially joining at least one title contender. While he never ended up signing a contract, the interest seemed to indicate Chalmers was healthy and ready to play as far back as January.
Following a month in which they won just seven of 15 games and LeBron James publicly complained about not having enough help around him, the Cleveland Cavaliers are planning to scour the free agent pool for immediate assistance.
ESPN’s Chris Haynes reports that the Cavs are going to host a big workout with free agents on Wednesday and hope to sign one before the All-Star break in two weeks. Among those in attendance will be Lance Stephenson, Mario Chalmers and Kirk Hinrich.
LeBron said earlier this month that the Cavs need to bring in a backup point guard who can make an impact, and he won two championships with Chalmers with the Miami Heat. Chalmers says he is fully recovered from a torn Achilles he suffered with the Memphis Grizzlies last season, and Haynes believes he is the top option for Cleveland.
There were rumblings a few weeks ago that the Cavs were eyeing a bigger backcourt name via trade, but Chalmers may be the safer option. If the 30-year-old can prove he is fully healthy, his familiarity with James will likely work in his favor.
Stephenson, of course, went viral during the playoffs two years ago for blowing in LeBron’s ear. You can watch that video here, if you must. Apparently his desperate efforts to get under LeBron’s skin were not enough to scare the Cavs off.
The defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers are in the market for point guard depth, and they may be considering shooting their shot.
According to a report by Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com on Thursday, the Cavs are eyeing backup point guard options and have Rajon Rondo of the Chicago Bulls and free agent Mario Chalmers on their radar.
Chalmers hasn’t played in the league since tearing his Achilles last March but is believed to be nearing a return. He won two championships with LeBron James on the Miami Heat and was also teammates there with current Cavs James Jones and Chris Andersen.
But Rondo is the one who provides the juicier storyline here. We know that his time in Chicago hasn’t quite worked out as he was recently demoted from the rotation entirely. But Rondo is known for his locker room toxicity, which would probably outweigh the elite playmaking he might bring to Cleveland’s second unit. Plus, could Rondo, a longtime Eastern Conference rival of James, really end up on his team just over four years after this picture?
What’s certain is that the Cavs have a need. They let Matthew Dellavedova walk this past summer and have been forced to give the backup point guard minutes to Iman Shumpert, Jordan McRae, DeAndre Liggins (all natural wing players) and 5-foot-9 rookie Kay Felder. But as urgency beckons with Kyrie Irving missing time recently due to a hamstring injury, Cleveland seems almost certain to make a move for a floor general within the coming weeks.
All of your prayers may soon be answered, NBA teams.
According to a report by Brian Windhorst of ESPN, two-time champion Mario Chalmers is progressing in his rehab from Achilles surgery last March and is about a month away from being ready with several teams said to be interested.
Chalmers, 30, averaged 10.3 points per game and 3.8 assists per game in 61 appearances combined between the Miami Heat and the Memphis Grizzlies in 2015-16 before getting hurt late in the season. He went unsigned through the summer, mostly due to his injury.
Players coming back from Achilles tears are always a wild card, and Chalmers happens to play the deepest position in the league. But nevertheless, the eight-year veteran remains a strong option as a backup point guard, and a team in need of three-point shooting, playmaking, and tight on-ball defense from a bench player could certainly do worse than giving Super Mario a call.
Mario Chalmers may have suffered an Achilles’ tendon injury on Wednesday against the Boston Celtics.
Chalmers went down on a non-contact play. Here’s video:
The Vertical’s Chris Mannix reports he heard Chalmers say he heard a pop.
The way Chalmers went down coupled with the “pop” report makes us think it could be his Achilles.
Chalmers will undergo an MRI on his right foot in Memphis. His injury left the Grizzlies with only eight players available for their game.
Mario Chalmers’s time in Miami is reportedly over, as he’s off to the Memphis Grizzlies in a cost-cutting move.
Yahoo Sports’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Chalmers is headed to the Grizzlies along with James Ennis.
As Wojnarowski notes, Chalmers is in the final year of his contract, does not fit into the team’s future plans, and moving him saves them $6 million in luxury tax payments.
Chalmers won two NBA titles in Miami, and he also has some history with Memphis – at least the college basketball variety. He was instrumental in sinking the Memphis Tigers with his late three-pointer for Kansas in the 2008 title game, sending the game to overtime and paving the way for a Jayhawks victory. Now he gets to play for Memphis’s NBA team.