Chalmers reclaims starting job (Basketball)

January 24, 2011
Mario Chalmers

After starting all 82 games as an NBA rookie only to lose his job in his second season, Mario Chalmers of Anchorage is a member of the Miami Heat fab five once again.

The third-year point guard officially earned back his starting position today in a move that his coach hopes will boost the sluggish Heat, losers of four of five.

“I think this is what’s best for the team right now,” Erik Spoelstra told ESPN.

Chalmers, of Bartlett High fame, started Saturday’s 120-103 victory at Toronto on a night when the Heat had neither Dwyane Wade nor Chris Bosh.

But they had Super Mario, who delivered 10 points and 9 assists in 35 minutes.

In 38 games as a backup this season, the 6-foot-2 Alaskan is averaging 6 points, 2 assists and 2 rebounds.

“It’s been a steady battle and process with him,” Spoelstra said. “He has great instincts to make plays defensively. I don’t want to completely handcuff him, but he has to do it with an IQ and a discipline to our system. That has to come first.”