He may be biased, but Heat point guard Mario Chalmers says three times is a charm. “I have to go with the Heat. I do think we’ll win another [back-to-back] championship."
If he’s right, it would be the third ring for the 27-year-old former University of Kansas Jayhawk, who joined the team in 2008.
We chatted with Chalmers at a charity event he held for his foundation (along with Aventura Magazine) in Gulfstream Park. The money raised at the bash will be donated to the fight against breast cancer. Sadly, he has firsthand experience with the disease. "A close friend of mine died in 2006. She was like a second mom to me. Ever since that, I wanted to try to do my part."
The Mario V Chalmers Foundation also helps unprivledged children in the community. "One Christmas, I did a toy drive, and seeing the kids smile brought a smile to my face," he said. "Growing up , I didn’t have the same opportunities to be around NBA players and I love seeing the kids happy."
In person, Chalmers exudes the stereotypical Midwestern charm. He attended the bash with his parents and sister, all of whom are just as charming as their famous family member. Chalmers says he learned his sweet ways from mom. "She ran basketball camps for young girls. It was her way of giving back," he said. "We lived in a small community where everyone looked out for each other, and she was there for everyone."
With the season starting in a few weeks, Chalmers is excited to get back on the court. He’s been working out in gym and treating himself to some of his prized local eats. "I love Chilpote, Texas de Brazil, and my favorite is Nobu."