You don’t have to be a basketball analysis to note that Miami Heat PG Mario “Chalmy” Chalmers gets yelled at a lot. You also don’t have to be an analyst to know that 1. In the midst of being a very good player he really does have some astounding brain farts 2. sometimes he gets yelled at when it doesn’t appear to be his fault 3. it seems the yelling doesn’t really phase him at all.
And now that he has a championship it probably will phase him even less.
According to The Wall Street Journal Chalmy has been yelled at all his life starting with his father who was a Sergeant in the Airforce. For the article, they talked to Grant Long and got his opinion on the possible team dynamic. Long had this to say:
Grant Long, a former NBA player who now does analysis for Thunder TV broadcasts, said he finds the vitriol surprising because Chalmers is a fourth-year player. Veterans typically reserve that sort of treatment for rookies. “But when you look at this team’s makeup, who else are they going to go after?” Long said. “Dwyane’s not going to chew out LeBron. LeBron’s not going to chew out Dwyane. Bosh isn’t going to chew out either one. So it all falls on Chalmers. ‘Why did Dwyane miss that shot?’ ‘Dammit, Chalmers—it was your fault!’”
Long said it actually can be useful to have a player in that role, especially when a team is laden with stars. If James doesn’t feel he can be brutally honest with Wade (and vice versa), he can use Chalmers to broadcast the message. “It’s one of those deals where, ‘I’m yelling at you, but I’m hoping this other guy hears it,’” Long said. “When s— hits the fan, he’s the guy who gets blamed.”
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So if this is true that means James probably didn’t yell at Wade off camera for some of those disinterested performances he had leading up to his tremendous play in the Finals.
Speaking of Wade, this quote was funny:
James and Wade both say they wouldn’t be so hard on Chalmers if they didn’t think he could handle it—and none of it is personal, James said—but Chalmers has defended himself more this season. “If I feel I’m doing something to the best of my abilities and they don’t feel that way, I have to voice my opinion,” he said.
For what it’s worth, Wade said he likes it when Chalmers fights back. “He actually thinks he’s the best player on this team,” Wade said. “That’s a gift and a curse.”
I wish I could have heard Wade’s voice when he said Chalmy ‘ACTUALLY’ thinks he’s the best player on the Heat team.
Now that the finals are over, where will we get our weekly fix of Chalmy abuse? Oh well, there’s always you tube.