Winner’s win: Chalmers racks up another major championship
Already the greatest basketball champion from Alaska, Mario Chalmers of Anchorage tested his magic touch in Europe.
He went from hitting jumpers to hitting another jackpot.
The 32-year-old cashed in on his first Champions League title with Italy’s Segafredo Virtus Bologna to give him one of the game’s greatest resumes.
“I just wanted to leave an everlasting mark, do what I could to help the team,” Chalmers said.
Chalmers had previously racked up two high school state championships with Bartlett High, an NCAA championship with the University of Kansas and two NBA championships with the Miami Heat.
Few players in the world could rival that kind of success.
That’s not hyperbole.
Chalmers helped Bologna end a 10-year title drought with a 73-61 victory over Spain’s Iberostar Tenerife in the Champions League final in Belgium.
The 6-foot-2 guard came off the bench to contribute 8 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists in 19 minutes.
His jumper with 1:13 remaining stretched the lead to eight and proved pivotal for a Bologna team that had a 17-point lead dip to six late in the second half.
“I was able to get to my spot and knock it down,” Chalmers said.
It was a big week for Chalmers, who was also selected in the second round of the BIG3 draft for the upcoming summer season.
He was picked by the 3-Headed Monsters, who are coached by Gary Payton and feature players like Rashard Lewis, Reggis Evans and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf.