Mario Chalmers is having a short summer, for a good reason.
Chalmers and the Miami Heat will being trying for a third straight NBA championship and a fourth straight Eastern Conference title next season, and it's already clear that retaining those crowns won't be easy. Brooklyn and Indiana made offseason roster moves to improve their title shots, Chicago gets former MVP Derrick Rose back, and all that comes after a playoff run where the Heat had to survive a pair of Game 7's to win the championship.
So it's no wonder that Chalmers didn't take much down time before getting back into the gym this offseason.
''The East is going to be a beast this year,'' Chalmers said. ''It's going to be tough competition every night. Brooklyn's making moves, Indiana just got Luis Scola, Derrick Rose coming back to the Bulls, it's going to be a tough Eastern Conference this year. At the same time, we'll still do what we do to try to get that third championship that we want.''
Chalmers spoke Monday ...