A couple of Miami Heat players were in action over the weekend playing in separate friendly games in different parts of the country. We'll start with LeBron James, who participated in another summer pro-am game played at the Palestra in Philadelphia. James played alongside fellow NBA All-Star's Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony, but his team of Baltimore-area players lost to the team from Philly 131-122.
The interesting thing about LeBron in this game was that he constantly played with his back to the basket, utilizing the post-up game he has been working on a lot this summer. Remember, he has spent time working with former Houston Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon and apparently, so far at least, it has paid off. James led all scorers with 43 points, many of which came thanks to his post-up offensive game.
He also had 23 rebounds, including a notable one that led to a follow up slam dunk, and dealt with the usual chorus of boo's that follows him around while playing away from South Florida. This marked the 4th summer game for James, having also played in Cleveland, Los Angeles and Baltimore. He is still scheduled to play in Chris Paul's charity game in North Carolina on October 1st along with fellow Heat stud Dwyane Wade.
The other Miami player in action over the weekend was Mario Chalmers. He was back at his old college stomping ground, Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas to participate in an alumni game. Rio made the shot of the game, hitting a 3-pointer with one-tenth of a second left to tie the game at 111 after fellow alum Paul Pierce gave his team a 3-point lead with 5.1 seconds left.
The teams mutually decided to bypass an overtime and end the game in a tie. Chalmers finished the game with 17 points and 10 assists, the kind of double double that Heat fans would love to see him record during the NBA season (whenever that is). And on that note, the players union is holding a meeting to inform its members what's going on in the lockout and where they stand. The meeting is set to take place here in South Florida on Tuesday.