Langdon, Chalmers to square off (Basketball)

September 11, 2010
Trajan Langdon

Given their difference in age and leagues, Trajan Langdon figured he missed his chance at being on the court with Mario Chalmers.

Maybe the Anchorage players would run into each other at Fairview Rec, but probably not.

They’ll settle for South Beach instead.

Two of the top five greatest Alaska basketball players will meet Oct. 12 in an exhibition between Langdon’s CSKA Moscow and Chalmers’ Miami Heat.

“It will be great to be able to be on the same court as Mario,” Langdon told me. I never thought I would get the opportunity to play against him at the pro level and now we have this opportunity. It should be fun to be out there competing against him in this game. I wish him the best this season and hope it is a good one for him.”

Langdon, 34, is entering his ninth season in the Euroleague after a three-year stint in the NBA with the Cavs. The 6-foot-3 guard is a two-time Euroleague champion and a member of the All-Decade Team announced last spring.

He led CSKA Moscow to another Russian Super League title and a third-place finish at the Euroleague championships, matching his career-high of 32 points in that game. He scored 32 with Italian power Benetton Treviso in 2002.

His NBA high game was 31 points in 2000.

Ten years later Alaska’s greatest shooter is still getting it done, and next month he will play three exhibition games against three NBA teams in the Heat, Thunder and Cavs.

“Playing against this kind of talent in front of great fans does get the juices flowing,” Langdon said. “It should be fun to go back to the city where I played for three years as well.”

Mario Chalmers

Chalmers, 24, is beginning his third NBA season after a star-studded career at the University of Kansas.

The 6-foot-1 point guard has averaged 8.6 points, 4.2 assists and 1.6 steals in 155 career games. In just his fourth game as a rookie, the quick-handed Alaskan set a team record for steals with nine.

Midway through last season, though, Chalmers tore a ligament in his thumb and missed a chunk of the season. Then in July he injured his ankle. He was just recently cleared for practice and will be ready for the game against Langdon.

Still, it’s unlikely the two Alaskans will match up when they meet next month because of their different positions.

Langdon will more likely defend fellow shooting guard Dwyane Wade or small forward LeBron James, who are only two of the five players in the world.

“Don’t even know how it’s going to feel to be on the court with LeBron and D-Wade. Should be fun,” Langdon said. “I have never been on the court with either but everyone knows what kind of special talent they both are.

“Attempting to guard D-Wade should be an interesting experience. I will just try to be in good shape going into the game and make him work a little. I mean, c’mon, who can stop the dude?”

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