According to the Sun Sentinel, Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers has lost 10 pounds in preparation for the regular season.
“I feel a lot faster. It helps me get to different spaces on the court and small cracks easier. [Losing the weight] was more of a conscious thing of winning, helping the team. It wasn’t an individual bet but what can I do to help the team get better.”
James added: “It’s made him a little quicker. It’s made him a lot quicker, actually. It’s going to help us out this year.”
Usually we see reports of big, post players losing weight. Back court guys? Not so much.
It is no surprise that Chalmers said he will be better. It’s Chalmers. But LeBron’s comments can be taken with less a serving of salt.
A step forward for Chalmers would be welcomed by the Heat. It is far from a guarantee that new guys Greg Oden and Michael Beasley will contribute in a significant way, so one of the returning players may have to take a step in development (as well as continued health of the entire team) for the Heat to truly be better this season.