Three months after LeBron James made the decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, his days with the Miami Heat are eliciting some bad memories from a former teammate, Mario Chalmers.
Chalmers told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that James’ demanding nature would often result in him being berated on the court for making a mistake. In the midst of making his comments, Chalmers decided to drag Cavalier guard Kyrie Irving into the mess as well by saying that Irving should prepare for similar treatment.
Chalmers said, “LeBron is a dominant player, so if he feels like something is not going his way, he’s going to say something about it.” Chalmers then added, “For Kyrie, he’s going to have to adjust to that, and LeBron is going to have to adjust to Kyrie. It’s going to be a different factor for Kyrie.”
The idea that James will verbally abuse Irving appears to be more of a psychological ploy by Chalmers to create problems for the Cavaliers.
In comparing the two players, Chalmers has been in the NBA since he arrived as a second round pick in 2009, and has never made the All-Star team. Irving, on the other hand, was the top pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, won Rookie of the Year honors, and has played in a pair of All-Star contests. In last season’s clash, Irving won game MVP accolades.
In short, Chalmers possesses a number of flaws in his game whereas Irving’s potential has been hailed by many. One of those people was James himself, who said Irving had a chance to be the best point guard in the game, even attributing Irving to being one of the reasons that he came back to the city of Cleveland.
“It’s part of the reason I came back … I believe Kyrie can be the best point guard in the league very soon, and Kevin Love is already in the discussion as far as being the best power forward in the league,” said James.
The Cavaliers and Heat will play an exhibition game Saturday afternoon in Rio De Janiero, Brazil, with tipoff set for just after 5 p.m. Eastern. Irving will sit out the game after suffering a slightly sprained ankle earlier this week.