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San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

Mario Chalmers says Kyrie Irving will need to adjust to leadership style of LeBron James


Mario Chalmers was the Heat’s starting point guard for the past three seasons, but playing alongside the game’s best player was often times no easy task.

LeBron James isn’t known for being a bad teammate, or as someone who would needlessly criticize his fellow players, especially on the court for all eyes to see. But Chalmers seemed to be the exception, drawing the ire of both James and Dwyane Wade publicly on many, many occasions.

No one on the Heat roster wanted to see LeBron leave, of course, but for Chalmers in particular, there may be a slight bit of relief associated with his departure. And in much the same way Chris Bosh had words for Kevin Love in his new role with James, Chalmers said that Kyrie Irving would need to adjust to the way James communicates at times.

From Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:

James was hard on his former point guard because he’s a point guard at heart and understands how the position should be played.

Nevertheless, Chalmers seems relieved that it’s now Kyrie Irving’s problem.

“LeBron is a dominant player so if he feels like something is not going his way, he’s going to say something about it,” Chalmers told Northeast Ohio Media Group. “For Kyrie, he’s going to have to adjust to that and LeBron is going to have to adjust to Kyrie. It’s going to be a different factor for Kyrie.”

The difference in the way James talks to Irving will likely be as great as the difference in abilities between his former point guard and his current one; Irving is a legitimate All-Star talent, whereas Chalmers would best be described as a serviceable one.

There will be pressure on Irving now that he has James and Love to feed offensively, and things will be different for LeBron as well, who should theoretically be shouldering a lot less of the point guard duties now that the ball will spend plenty of time in Irving’s capable hands.

Chalmers can only speak from his own experience. But it’s much more plausible that LeBron would get upset with the shot selection of Dion Waiters long before he feels the need to lash out at his new point guard.

LeBron “surprised” by comments of former teammates

LeBron James

What did LeBron James expect them to say?

When your ex dumps you for a younger, sexier model is the general reaction “I totally get why he/she did that, it’s completely understandable and I wish him/her all the best.”

No. LeBron yelled at Mario Chalmers for four years, did he expect to be sent bouquet when he left? Chris Bosh sacrificed a lot of his game and happily played the third banana in the Heat’s offense, how could anyone be shocked that he’s spreading his wings and chirping a little now?

LeBron, however, apparently didn’t expect this, he told ESPN while in Brazil to take on the Heat in a preseason game.

“I know a lot of words have been coming out of their camp as of late and some of it is surprising,” James said Friday after Cleveland’s practice. “We’ve got so much history together. … It doesn’t take away from what we accomplished [in Miami] and I know that.”

“I’ve talked to D. Wade. Obviously I haven’t talked to Chris. But I haven’t seen them,” James added.

The Heat and Cavs players are not really intermingling down in Rio.

LeBron no doubt will forever look back fondly on his Miami years, or as he described it his going away to college years. Pat Riley and the Heat put the talent around him to win and more than that taught him about what it really takes to be a professional, what it takes to win rings. LeBron may have gone in wanting to recreate his high school team experience in some ways but learned both that those days were gone, and that he needed to do things differently to reach the mountain top. Now he’s bringing all that knowledge back to Cleveland.

Miami — and those players — wouldn’t have a couple rings without LeBron, they will look back fondly someday too. But you can’t expect the forsaken to move on so easily.

Agent: Lance Stephenson ‘was very close’ to joining Mavericks in free agency


The Pacers tried to retain Lance Stephenson in free agency this summer, but ultimately their offer wasn’t one that Stephenson’s camp viewed as being desirable.

Stephenson ended up taking less money to play for the Hornets, because two years guaranteed at $9 million per with a team option for a third year would have him once again hit free agency just as the salary cap begins to increase dramatically in light of the league’s new lucrative broadcast rights deal.

But at least one other team was interested in Stephenson, and willing to commit under those very same terms.

From Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report:

The Dallas Mavericks, though, were interested in Ebanks’ terms. By the weekend of July 11, both sides had verbally committed to a two-year contract worth slightly more than Stephenson’s eventual deal with the Hornets, according to Ebanks. But Dallas was in a holding pattern; the Houston Rockets first had to match Chandler Parsons’ Mavericks offer, or it wouldn’t happen.

“It was a domino effect,” Ebanks said. “Dallas did not think that Houston was going to let Parsons walk. Lance was very close to being a member of the Mavericks. When you’re a little further along into free agency, people are more in the position to pull the trigger when they see what they’re looking for.”

This is just another example of how frenzied the free agent process truly is.

While the more major players took their time deciding on where to sign, others were forced to wait, as teams weren’t ready to relinquish salary cap space until they heard whether or not they had a chance at landing one of the bigger names. That caused a variety of backup plans to be negotiated; Parsons was believed to be coveted by the Cavaliers if LeBron James didn’t choose to return to Cleveland, and Houston chasing Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh prevented them from locking up Parsons early on, at what would have been a more reasonable price.

Once all of those pieces fell into place, it was eventually Stephenson’s turn to be informed of his ultimate destination.