Thursday, December 19th, 2013 at 10:00 am  |  55 responses

LeBron James Held Back from Going After Mario Chalmers (VIDEO)

The big/little brother relationship between LeBron James and Mario Chalmers went beyond the usual yelling, to a near physical confrontation on Wednesday night. Cameras caught James trying to go after Chalmers, as teammates held him back. LeBron went on to apologize for losing his cool, though Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra didn’t necessarily mind the mini-explosion. Per the Palm Beach Post:

“Our communication improved at the end of the game,” Spoelstra said. “Some of it was explosive conversation. It’s been a while since we had that type of communication. It’s good to see.”

Indiana F Paul George drilled an open three-pointer with 10:03 left in the third quarter to put the Pacers ahead 56-47. That prompted James to get after Chalmers.

However, James apologized to Chalmers for the outburst and later reiterated his regret on Twitter.

“It’s all family,” James said after the game. “I was wrong and I told him that and we moved on. For me and ‘Rio, we’ve been there before and we’re able to just get over it.”

But Spoelstra said that kind of exchange is what this team needs.

“It depends where it gets to,” James said. “It was an emotional point in the game right there and we both had our differences in what should have happened, but like I said, I was wrong and I was ready to move on. Sometimes they’re good, sometimes they’re not. But for our team, we’ve been together so long that we’re able to have those moments and move on.”

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  • BlackBond

    Class act for apologizing during the game. Not a Heat fan, but that was pretty damn cool.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Says a lot for the main star of the team to realize he was wrong. That was good on LeBron’s part.

  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    Mario Chalmers still going to have to swing on him… Even chris bosh yells at him

  • Kofi Kyei

    Just like always it shows how humble the superstar it and how blessed he has also been of course, I love the King

  • Anthony

    (Hate mario Chalmers) Maturity shown on Lebron’s part.(Hate)That’s always needed when you(Mario)are in such a fishbowl(Chalmers)like he is. Mario may have been right in whatever(Hate)he may have said,(Mario) but there is always (Chalmers) a better way of saying things that prevent a disruption in chemistry. He’s they’re weak link….oh, did I mention I hate mario chalmers?

  • Dagger

    Comparing this exchange to Carmelo’s flareup with Shumpert says a lot about the difference between Melo and Lebron as franchise players.

    Melo passive aggressively ignored Shumpert – didn’t even look at him – while he had clearly made a defensive error. Lebron scolded Chalmers, then apologized for how angry he’d become.

    I love the passion and humility from Lebron; I hate the apathy and immaturity from Melo.

  • Max

    One great player getting along with another great player.

  • robb

    yeah, Lebron did the right thing there. It makes me wonder. What would’ve happened if the highlight guys hadn’t replayed that? If this was the pre-championship Heat, there’s no way they do it, because back then the cool thing was to show how the Heat was struggling and how Lebron was a villain. Now the in-thing is to make sure Lebron looks good. It shows you how easily the media can create situations these days.

  • robb

    The MVP getting along with the best PG in the league right?

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Couldn’t agree more man. The media loves to curve things in order to create these false perceptions. It’s like with the Heat they painted them as the villains so that when they eventually won, which I think most of us knew they would eventually, they could build this whole “redemption” story. It’s all a crock of sh*t.

  • Max


  • Conor

    James yelling at Chalmers for not covering his (the former’s) man… and this is spun into his being an exceptional leader somehow? Imagine if Anthony or Bryant did this? LOL

  • Dagger

    Still fighting the good fight against Lebron, I see.

  • Dfrance

    Neither Anthony or Bryant would have publicly admitted fault AND apologized. Thats the difference.

  • Conor

    Remind us why Chalmers was supposed to be closing on George when LeBron was immediately behind him and the remaining Heat had already established defensive countenance.

  • richardh

    Chalmers is no push over though

  • Conor

    It’s good that he apologized to Chalmers.

    My apologies for not joining your legion of witnesses, however. I suppose you’re its proud prefect?

  • Conor

    You’re right, they probably would have done so in the locker room instead. Thanks for clearing that up.

  • Jerome

    The only thing interesting about this is what Chalmers said … Delonte reference?

  • robb

    Now, let’s imagine for a second they do apologise, does it get replayed? I don’t think so, because the league isn’t interested in showing that part of Kobe or Carmelo. But the King? the King has to look good. Not criticising Lebron though, it was the right thing to do.

  • 2chainz

    You should be comparing Kobe and Lebron as franchise players because Kobe has never and will never do this as opposed to Lebron who has matured over the years and will admit his mistakes.

  • 2chainz

    Micheal Jordan would have never apologized either…

  • Dagger

    You’re right, I believe Lebron is a great player and leader because the evil corporations have conspired with the government to brainwash me.

    Relax, it’s just sports.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    But You just can’t assume Melo and Shump didn’t talk this out during the game/after the game/at practice the next day……… Maybe the camera didn’t capture Melo and Shump making up….
    You’re only writing this BECAUSE the camera just happened to catch Lebron apologizing…If the camera doesn’t catch this footage, how would you perceive Lebron?

    It’s great LBJ apologized, but i’m just saying, apologizing/reconciling happens MORE often than not, and teammates hash these things out during the game or after the game.

    Its just not often it gets conveniently caught on camera.

  • pposse

    stop talking about weak links on the heat! geez you give a bum some cookies the will ask for some milk…this is what you are essentially saying

  • Dagger

    Very true, but these clips fit into a narrative that has been slowly developed over the years. Would you say Melo is a good leader? Have his teams ever exceeded expectations, despite his talent? There are reasons for that, and I think some of them are tied to his mindset.

    Look, none of us really know what’s going on with these players, with these teams. We don’t travel with them, we don’t enter the locker room, we don’t know what they think. But it’s fun to speculate, especially when we get new evidence.

  • pposse

    the only narrative you need to understand about melo is that he has never been on a losing team in his life until this year period. Melo is just fine as a leader. Leading for Lebron is easy as hell he’s got Wade right alongside with him.

    EDIT: leading also comes easy when guys like mario chalmers aka the best pg in the league is willing to call out his ‘big brother’ – just as much praise Bron gets for yelling and then apologizing we should be giving that same admiration for one of Bron’s teammates for calling him out as well.

  • Grasshoper Funk

    Yeah, but Kobe would never confront a teammate like that on court. In the locker room though…. He would crash his head.

  • thebossman15

    exactly, bron is a drama queen, he knew damn well the cameras were on him

  • thebossman15

    lmao, so true

  • Dagger

    “He’s never been on a losing team in his life . . . ”

    So are we just going to completely discount the kind of talent he’s played with?

    Melo is a good player! But to me, he’s not a franchise player. He’s not a complete player; he’s not a leader. I see him as a really good second option on a great team.

    But you’re right about Chalmers. He never gets enough credit, although it’s easy to dismiss him when he calls himself one of the top players at his position.

  • Dagger

    Oh, is that why he did something for which he later felt compelled to apologize?

  • Dutch Rich
  • Kadavour

    wait, so you guys think that after the blow up was highlighted that Bron’s PR team didn’t get a message to him during the game to apologize? You think that this was a moment where a supremely tempered leader took stock of his actions during the game and sought Rio to deliver an apology? How’s that kool aid tasting?

  • http://5adaybets.blogspot.com/ Sammy Eisen

    LeBron rocks!!!! Two sports I love, NBA and Soccer (Football)! Without both of these sports, I rather die!

  • Evan Boland

    His TEAMS SUCK. Lebron’s teams have never EXCEEDED expectations, either. They have failed to live up to expectations, though, many times.

  • nonstoptroll

    lebron:mario!! bring me my gatorade!!

    Chalmers:what!! i aint ur b@#$!!

  • don

    bron apologized on twitter too… that needs no camera

  • don

    yeah, he’ll just smirk and shake his head at the guy… then throw them under the bus in a media interview minutes later

  • Drew

    Soo we’re going to pretend he didn’t take bums to the finals against the Spurs as a Cav? At least be a rational hater.

  • pposse

    if Melo is not a franchise player, then your list of franchise players must not be long at all!

  • robb

    social media reaches millions of people too. I guess Lebron’s going 360 now. Maybe within a few days we’ll see a billboard too: “Rio, I was wrong, my bad”

  • robb

    bum coach included.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    pretty big difference….i mean, to be able to apologize during the game, squashing any animosity being wrong may have created while it still may be beneficial to do, compared to doing it in the locker room….where you, what? won’t appear weak?

  • Lloyd

    The bar for “franchise player” isn’t just a completely rounded game and/or leadership though. It’d be hard to make the argument for anyone Besides Lebron, KD, and Kevin Love if it were.

    Also, it’s not fair comparing Melo (or anyone) to Lebron at this point in his career. He’s playing amazingly in the perfect situation. Melo is definitely a franchise player and first option though. He just pales in comparison to Lebron and there’s nothing wrong with that at all.

  • Conor

    I responded using literally the same method you did…

  • Conor

    These are grown men. They should not allow one spat to hinder their collective objective, regardless of when an apology after an inappropriate outburst is given.

  • Conor

    And this subject regards on specific circumstance, not the entirety of James’ acuity.

  • 2chainz

    its a nationally televised game on ESPN of course cameras would be all over the place.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    These are human beings. It’s not as simple as you believe it is in your fantastical universe

  • JaeB

    MJ wouldn’t need to. He never messes up…EVER…..

  • Conor

    Yes, human beings who are paid in abundance to win basketball games. If Chalmers didn’t think it was heat-of-the-moment like the dozens of others instances of James cussing him out without merit then that’s on him.

  • Conor

    *other instances

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    You can feel however you want. But this way works for Miami. More than one solution to a problem is a pretty normal phenomena

  • tnrc75

    But even when LBJ stood up, he stepped back. He didn’t really wanna take a shot at Rio. Which makes sense. I’m just sayin’. It’s like he wanted to stand up and look tough but even then, he didn’t wanna take a shot at ‘rio. Honestly, that’s good. It obviously wouldn’t have done anything and kudos to LBJ for keeping his head. As a Laker and Kobe fan, no way Kobe woulda been this cool and professional at that age. LBJ’s a hell of a guy. Hate on LBJ, you don’t like basketball.