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Miami Heat star Mario Chalmers talks about his summer plans


How’s Mario Chalmers spending his summer vacation? Believe it: Trying to stay warm.

“My blood has completely thinned out,” said the Miami Heat point player from Lawrence, Kan. The University of Kansas alum was there for his 5th Annual National Championship Golf Tournament, giving back to the community. “It’s 60 degrees here, and I’m cold!”

Chalmers knows about low temps, being from Alaska.

“Spending winters in negative-three degrees, I definitely couldn’t handle that anymore. Miami’s a nice change for me.”

You could say that. Chalmers, with the red-hot team since 2008, already has two championship rings in the bag. Not that it’s been easy; the point guard is still in the semi-recovery phase.

“I just got back to the gym for the first time last week,” said Chalmers, 27. “I’m doing a lot of lifting, strengthening and stretching. Just trying to get my body right. You gotta take some time.”

No change in diet, though. “I’m not a health freak. I’ll get a nice burger or something once in awhile. In Miami, you can’t go wrong with spots like Five Guys or Burger & Beer Joint.”

The athletes will “get serious” about the game and team workouts again in a few weeks. In the meantime, Chalmers is keeping the blood flowing with even more charity work in Kansas, coaching the MC15 Miracle Shot Basketball Camp, benefiting his foundation. He wanted to give a shout-out to BidSpot Cares, a crowdfunding platform that is helping him raise money using online games and social media.

Other off-season plans include a certain wedding between teammate LeBron James and Savannah Brinson.

“It’s gonna be crazy,” predicted Chalmers of the nuptials rumored to be taking place the weekend of Sept. 13 in San Diego.

Please don’t go

Money isn’t everything. Even though CBS’s head honcho Les Moonves may think so. Apparently, every monetary effort was made to keep Cote de Pablo, who plays Ziva David on TV’s NCIS. Moonves says the Chilean-born Miami-raised actress was offered “a lot of money” because the network didn’t want to lose her. When she said no, the offer was then upped and refused. Wow.

Into the sunset

Johnny Depp in a retirement home. Now that would be a sight. The former Miramar resident told the BBC he may leave his “insane” acting career. “I wouldn’t say I’m dropping out any second, but I would say it’s probably not too far away,” said The Lone Ranger star, 50.


An interesting little collab Pitbull and Flo Rida have got going on. Their video for Can’t Believe It costars talent with ample derrieres who can really shake what Mother Nature (or a doctor) gave them. The video’s way Florida-centric, too, as in the state where the rappers hail, with graphics of gators, Flo on a boat, even the Versace mansion. The only thing missing: A J.Lo cameo. As Pit says, “It’s a Miami thing. We’re down for anything.”

Madeleine Marr

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