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.
“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—”
“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?