Every basketball professional dreams of winning rings in the NBA and sharing costumes with some of the best in history. You can boast of having done both Mario Chalmers, whose reflections in an interview for Hoopshype are worth attending. The one who was a Miami Heat for seven seasons, including the 2012 and 2013 championships, he recalls highly interesting aspects of what it feels like to play alongside someone like Lebron James, but also reflects on the differences between the NBA and European basketball and other hot topics.
– Balance of his serious injuries and future in basketball.
An odyssey in the form of injuries, some of them as serious as the rupture of the Achilles tendon, has diminished the last years of Chalmers. « The operation did not go well and I had to go through the operating room three more times. I had to learn to play and understand my body after that. But I think Kevin Durant will return to his best level, he is a great competitor and a guy who He works very hard. I think I can still help some NBA team, I can be a player with a lot of experience who mentors young people, « said a man who has played the last season in Europe, passing by Virtus Bologna and AEK Athens.
– Opinion on European basketball
« I had a lot of fun playing there, it’s all very different, from training to how to compete. Experiencing a different culture, feeling the warmth of the fans, it’s fantastic. I had a coach who discredited the NBA, but then he told me that I looked at how Curry was throwing. In Greece I had a much better experience, I really felt comfortable there, but the coronavirus interrupted everything, « says the base.
– What does it mean to play with Lebron James
« I have had the pleasure of playing with authentic legends of this sport and being part of a memorable team in the Miami Heat. Wade, Bosh, Lebron … I always respected myself, I learned a lot from them and it was great. The most difficult thing to play together with Lebron is the scrutiny to which you are subjected. I like to take the leading role in attack, but with him in the team you have to give up total prominence. He has one of the most powerful mentalities I have ever seen in this sport, I maintain a relationship with him and I would not deprive anyone of the possibility of playing alongside him and learning as much as I did, « said Mario Chalmers.