“Stop Acting Like A B*tch”: Miami Heat Teammate Reveals Real Reason Behind Squabble with LeBron James

Published 08/15/2020, 8:28 AM EDT


When the Los Angeles Lakers announced Rajon Rondo’s injury, a former player expressed an interest to play in place of him. Mario Chalmers, a former teammate of LeBron James from the Miami Heat, wanted to come out of retirement to play as the point guard. But that never happened.

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The duo has had a brotherly relationship during their Heat days. Once during a game against the Pacers, things got too ‘heated.’ During a timeout, Chalmers said something that triggered LeBron, who yelled at him then. Now, after seven years, Chalmers has revealed the actual conversation while appearing on the Miami Heat Stories podcast.

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LeBron James has a trigger word

“I felt like he was complaining too much about what was going on,” Chalmers said. “I was like ‘you’re the star player of the team, stop acting like a bitch, and start playing basketball. Anybody that knows Bron knows the word ‘b*tch’, he doesn’t like it. If you wanna get in LeBron’s head, use the word ‘b*tch’ and that’s what happened.”

Later, LeBron understood that it was his fault, and he admitted it. But Chalmers still paid the price later for annoying King James.

“He understood what I was saying, this ain’t just about me, stop trying to blame everything on me. It’s about everybody. He understood what I was saying, he knew where he was wrong. At the end of the day, it was nothing really, but that’s the conversation… and I got benched for that game after that.”

LeBron later publically apologized on Twitter as well. Chalmers replied and reminded him they’re brothers and nothing could affect that relationship.

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Now with the Lakers, LeBron has been like an older brother to the new arrival, Anthony Davis. The duo has bonded really well and their chemistry has translated into success on-court for the Lakers. The Lakers title hopes rely on them, and they will be expected to step up during the playoffs.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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