Chef Chalmers cooks up 50-burger at The 5 Tournament in Vegas

July 23, 2020
Mario Chalmers basketball

Mario Chalmers

If The 5 Tournament is a dress rehearsal for his return to the NBA, Anchorage’s Mario Chalmers looks the part.

The 34-year-old, two-time NBA champion cooked up a 50-burger on Day 3 of the 3-on-3 halfcourt basketball tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Never mind Chef Boyardee, this was Chef Boy-Still-Got-Game.

Chalmers, of Bartlett High fame, knocked down 15 3-pointers on his way to scoring 50 points in Miami’s 119-90 win over Chicago.

The 5 Tournament is stacked with former NBA players competing on six teams (Texas, Sacramento, Chicago, Miami, Toronto, New York) chasing a grand prize of $100,000.

Chalmers played eight seasons with the Miami Heat from 2008 to 2016 before he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. He last played in the league in 2018.

Chalmers has spent the last two seasons in Europe, winning a Greek Cup in 2019 with AEK Athens and winning the Champions League in 2018 with Italy’s Virtus Bologna.

Europe is nice, but the 2008 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player with Kansas would rather be back in the NBA and sees The 5 Tournament as a way to pique the interest of NBA teams. Last summer, he played in the BIG 3.

Even though it’s only 3-on-3, Chalmers has been effective in leading his team to a 2-1 record.

The 6-foot-2 guard has averaged 32 points over three games and remains a threat to score whenever the ball is in his hands.

Chalmers sank 17-of-32 shots and added seven assists, six rebounds and four steals.

In the first game, Texas beat Miami 85-82 despite 26 points and 13-for-13 free-throw shooting from Chalmers.

The second game turned out better for Miami, which beat New York 77-69.

Chalmers recorded a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. He also drained a shot from nearly half court to beat the third-quarter buzzer.