Carlos Arroyo Pushing Mario Chalmers

by October 14, 2009

Though Mario denies it, the coaches in Miami are seeing that intensity in practice has picked up now that Chalmers has some competition at the point guard position: “Mario Chalmers has not necessarily welcomed new Heat teammate Carlos Arroyo with open arms. Instead, there has been resistance. That is considered good. ‘There were times we’d have some drills and the intensity was way up,’ coach Erik Spoelstra said after Tuesday’s practice, Arroyo’s second since he signed with the team Monday. ‘And [assistant coach Ron Rothstein] came over to me and said, `If nothing else, that was an extremely competitive practice.’ [He has] surprised some guys.”’