LeBron James Got Angry at Mario Chalmers and It May Have Ruined the Pacers’ Night
By Chris Greenberg
The Indiana Pacers might need to have a more comprehensive strategy for dealing with Mario Chalmers should they again meet the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Most importantly, they may need to make sure the point guard doesn’t make any of his superstar teammates too angry.
Because the Pacers won’t like LeBron James when he’s angry … at Mario Chalmers.
Chalmers, dubbed the “the most-yelled-at man in the NBA” in 2012 because of the way his superstar teammates treat him, enraged James during the third quarter of a nationally televised matchup of the top two teams in the East. Although it looked like James might knock out Chalmers at one point, it was the Pacers who seemed to ultimately pay the price. The trouble for Chalmers — and perhaps the Pacers — began when James took exception to a defensive miscommunication that freed up Paul George to stretch Indiana’s lead to 63-49 with a wide-open three-point shot with 7:56 remaining in the third quarter.
“This was the Miami bench during this last timeout,” ESPN announcer Mike Breen explained as a replay of the sideline standoff was shown following a commercial break. “Chalmers and James still talking about it. James gets very upset with Chalmers right here and gets in his face. These two have had that kind of relationship.”
Seated when Chalmers began talking to him during the timeout, James leaped out of his seat and needed to be restrained by teammate Udonis Haslem. Wisely, Chalmers backed away.