Best Mario Chalmers Moments: 15 for #15

This year for Christmas, I got an excellent gift: Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers making this face at former teammate, LeBron James:

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Soon after that happened, the internet exploded with Chalmers memes and gifs and I was reminded at how truly entertaining our “Rio” is.

So, as my end-of-the-year gift to you all, here are 15 of my favorite Chalmers moments.

1. Literally my favorite Heat moment of LIFE. Chalmers as Super Mario? Genius.

2. Although the King often liked to scold our little guy, stopping him from celebrating may take the cake. He just wanted to express his joy for a moment! Sheesh!

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3. Not sure why Juan Howard decided to do this, but his slap is remarkably effortless, is it not?

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4. The fact that Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah is involved in this, makes it that much better. Claps for everyone.

5. My love for Carmelo Anthony only grew after this fantastic idea.

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6. Any guesses on who would have won this fight? Pretty sure my money is on James.

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7. Do you think James taught Chris Bosh how to yell at Chalmers, or does that instinct exist within everybody?

8. I mean, even the PRESIDENT knows the deal.

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9. Two classic duos, coming together as one.

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10. Aw, but all Chalmers wanted was a little face-time!

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11. I take it the answer would have been no?

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12. CAO Gold should probably reach out to Chalmers for a partnership.

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13. So, was Chalmers picturing James or Bosh when he threw that ball?

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14. I think someone has mastered the art of flopping!

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15. Two fold: Ray Allen yells at Chalmers while Bosh head-fives them both. Winning all around.

So, what are your favorite Chalmers moments? Leave them in the comments below!

Chris Bosh: Returning Tonight?

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After sitting out since December 14, Chris Bosh is expected to make his return tonight as the Miami Heat will be taking on the Orlando Magic. The Heat went 3-5 without Bosh in their lineup, which is even worse than it seems due to having one of their longest home stands; without their best player, home-court advantage meant little to nothing for Miami.

So far this season, Bosh is averaging about 22 points and 8 rebounds a game. Because of this, the Heat’s offense has suffered greatly lately, lacking in three-point plays and inside presence.

Bosh participated in Sunday’s practice, stating, “it felt good. It’s all about seeing how the calf responds, make sure it’s 100 percent. We wanted to do a little bit of live [practice work], make sure I get up and down the court. We wanted to get days like this in before I get out there.”

Head coach Erik Spoelstra will likely limit the big man’s minutes, starting him off easy. Therefore, the team cannot rely on him like they are used to, just yet. Although the Magic are currently 12-21, Nikola Vučević will still be a tough matchup for Bosh.

“When CB comes back, everybody needs to continue the play the way they have been and understand that he’s going to find his way back in, and we’ll make sure he finds the ball,” Wade said.

Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Heated Topics: December 10th, 2014

Although they are fresh off of a loss against the Denver Nuggets, the Miami Heat continue their journey forward tomorrow night, in hopes of proving their naysayers wrong.

Here is the latest news:

Not all hope is lost for the Heat.

Josh McRoberts embraces “the weird.”

Rookie James Ennis is showing his worth.

Could Brook Lopez be a good fit for Miami?

Other trade options for the Heat include Lance Stephenson.

Dwyane Wade supports “I Can’t Breathe” shooting shirts

Chris Bosh is “okay” with losing to the San Antonio Spurs in last years’ Finals.

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For those of you who are not aware, I have been fortunate enough to recently become a part of the FanSided network. Specifically, I am now a staff writer for AllUCanHeat, a site whose editor I actually interviewed at the end of last season.

So with that said, although I will still be posting here regularly, please take a minute to check out my work on AUCH. And to keep up with me on matters outside of the realm of the Miami Heat, be sure to follow me on Twitter as well!

LeBron James Forgets What Team He Is On, Accidentally Sets Pick For Norris Cole

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Apparently Miami Heat fans are not the only ones still in shock over LeBron James’ decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. With preseason going strong, the two teams met in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night, each hoping to prove something to the other. Unfortunately for the Heat, they failed 122-119, currently falling 0-3. However, this is not to say that Cleveland played a perfect game; in an apparent moment of confusion, James set a screen for former teammate Norris Cole.

Fortunately for us, cjzero was able to capture the mistake, giving an ever-so-slight silver lining to Miami’s most recent loss. I cannot wait to see these two go against one another again! Talk about the perfect Christmas present.

The Heat will take on the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday night, hoping to finally get  a preseason win. This season may be a taxing one for our South Beach residents, but James or not, I continue to have faith in the organization and the raw talent at hand.

Mr. Nice Tie Turned DJ

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Last week, Chris Bosh launched his very own menswear line, Mr. Nice Tie, and with the NBA season only a little over a month away, he is certainly wasting no time in giving it the promotion it deserves.

Bow tie in hand, Bosh was a guest DJ on the Ellen Show earlier today; needless to say, the two shared some laughs.

Luol Deng is Proud to “have a lot of African” In Him

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After Atlanta Hawks’ general manager Danny Ferry used the phrase “has some African in him” to describe newly signed Miami Heat player Luol Deng, Deng is firing back.

According to sources, Ferry was reading a scouting report and said,

“he’s still a young guy overall. He’s a good guy overall. But he’s not perfect. He’s got some African in him. And I don’t say that in a bad way but he’s like a guy who would have a nice store out front but sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back.”

Since this took place, Ferry has reportedly reached out to Deng’s agent and has been in some way reprimanded by the Hawks’ team manager, Steve Koonin; however many, including the team’s minority owner J. Michael Gearon Jr., are calling for Ferry’s dismissal. 

Yesterday, Deng himself voiced his opinion on the matter, telling the Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman,

“I’m proud to say I actually have a lot of African in me, not just ‘a little’. For my entire life, my identity has been a source of pride and strength. Among my family and friends, in my country of South Sudan and across the broader continent of Africa, I can think of no greater privilege than to do what I love for a living while also representing my heritage on the highest stage. Unfortunately, the comment about my heritage was not made with the same respect and appreciation.”

In a twist of irony, Deng actually attended Duke University, the same college as Ferry, before beginning his NBA career. And although the forward was indeed born in South Sudan, he has lived in Egypt, London, and the United States, as well as represented Great Britain in the 2012 Summer Olympics. 

Personally, I find it hard to believe that Ferry will be able to continue working for the Hawks organization, especially given owner Bruce Levenson recently revealing his own indiscretions. But despite the inevitable, Ferry has recently released this statement:

“In regards to the insensitive remarks that were used during our due diligence process, I was repeating comments that were gathered from numerous sources during background conversations and scouting about different players.   I repeated those comments during a telephone conversation reviewing the draft and free agency process.  Those words do not reflect my views, or words that I would use to describe an individual and I certainly regret it. I apologize to those I offended and to Luol, who I reached out to Monday morning. In terms of the email that Bruce sent, the situation is disturbing and disappointing on many levels and I understand Bruce’s words were offensive. I am committed to learning from this and deeply regret this situation. I fully understand we have work to do in order to help us create a better organization; one that our players and fans will be proud of, on and off the court, and that is where my focus is moving forward.”

 
Unfortunately for Ferry, I doubt he will have much, if any, say on the team moving forward. Even with all the hoopla surrounding Donald Sterling, it still does not seem as though people have learned the repercussions of their actions. Here is to moving toward the 2014-2015 season, and once again focusing on the game itself.

James Jones is off to Cleveland

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Following in Mike Miller’s footsteps, James Jones is the latest former Miami Heat player to join LeBron James in Cleveland.

According to reports, after a bit of recruiting from James himself, Jones has agreed to sign a $1.4 million veteran’s minimum contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers have also apparently reached out to Ray Allen but no decision has been made yet, as Allen may actually be ready to retire.

 

Udonis Haslem: Another Piece of the Puzzle

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Shortly after Dwyane Wade reached an agreement with the Miami Heat, Udonis Haslem did the same; according to the Sun Sentinel, Haslem has agreed to return to Miami on a $2.7 million space exception.

Haslem, once again like Wade, has taken it upon himself to help his team gain flexibility in terms of future signings and re-signings. He has been with the Heat since 2003.

 

Dwyane Wade: Home Is Where the Heat Are

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Sources are reporting that Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat have finally reached an agreement in terms of his new contract. Wade, who announced the news himself via his Instagram account (pictured below) has signed onto a two-year deal, worth roughly $34 million. However, it is important to note that there is a player-option set for the 2015-2016 season.

This is the second time Wade has taken a pay cut (the first being in 2010 when the infamous Big Three were born). In this instance, Wade is helping to give teammate Chris Bosh a full five-year, maximum deal, and new Miami Mafia member, Luol Deng, a two-year deal worth $20 million.

Although some NBA fans spoke of their desire for Wade to branch out to another city (after LeBron James’ announcement that he was returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers), it is no secret that Wade has dedicated his entire career to making the Heat the best team it can be; and personally, I do not see that changing anytime soon. Wade may support James’ decision but that certainly does not mean he plans to head to the Chicago Bulls, down the line.