Miami Heat player Mario Chalmers goes from basketball to golf; Ariana Grande talks family problems

07/29/2014 3:19 PM

07/29/2014 4:15 PM

You’d think Mario Chalmers would be ready for his PGA card by now. On Monday, the Miami Heat point guard held his sixth annual golf tournament in Lawrence, Kansas, benefiting his namesake foundation and hanging out with his old college teammates from his days playing basketball with the University of Kansas.

But Chalmers says pool is his game in the off-season. “I’m good with that kind of hand-eye coordination,” he said by phone.

Hanging out at the billiard table isn’t exactly exercise so Chalmers has been hitting the gym for stretching and lifting. To stay lean and mean, he also started the Paleo diet, aka the “caveman diet.” Think meat, fish, nuts, veggies and seeds. “Yeah, I’ll be staying away from pizza. That’s off limits,” the baller joked. “I want to see how I feel [without bread].”

The Anchorage native is planning a vacation before training starts back up in September. Even though he calls Miami home, he wants to hit somewhere tropical and remote.

“I like to relax and lay out,” said the athlete. “I don’t really go to the beach when I’m home because I don’t get much privacy. I get approached a lot.”

Other summer plans include attending the Aug. 30 nuptials of a certain teammate.

“Yeah I’ll be going to D-Wade’s wedding [to Gabrielle Union],” confirmed Chalmers. “I got to look at the invitation to figure out what to get them for a present.”

The party will be a reunion of sorts — ex star player LeBron James has RSVP’ed yes.

“He’ll be back for that,” said Chalmers, adding that the boys will be fine without the King. “I think it’s going to be a very exciting season.”

As for LeBron, he is screen bound. The New York Daily News reports the Cleveland Cavalier just filmed a scene for the upcoming movie Trainwreck with Bill Hader.

FRIDAY FIESTA

Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado doesn’t need a holiday like Cinco de Mayo to go Mexican. The politician was out Friday evening, sussing out the spicy, savory offerings at Cantina La Veinte, the new waterside restaurant at Icon Brickell, La Veinte Cantina, a bilevel eatery and marketplace in one. Regalado later helped with ribbon-cutting duties.

ARIANA’S PROBLEMS

Boca Raton’s breakout star Ariana Grande is the cover girl for Seventeen’s September issue. The Problem singer, 21, admitted insecurity has been the hardest thing to overcome in the quest for success.

“It’s tough to spend some of the most important years of your life in front of so many strangers who want to pick you apart,” she complained. “I think everyone my age struggles with that because everyone strives for approval and wants to feel loved.”

Not having a paternal figure is another challenge — the former Victorious star tells the magazine that last year she fell out of touch with her father, Edward Butera, who owns a printing business in Boca. But we’re not sure the feeling is mutual: On his Twitter account, there is a picture of Butera kissing his famous daughter. “I had to accept that it’s OK not to get along with somebody and still love them,” Ariana continued.

SOUND MACHINE

The apple is not falling far from the Estefan family tree. Gloria and Emilio’s 19-year-old daughter Emily showed off some amazing chops belting out Where The Boys Are at Gloria’s concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles Friday night. It was Emily’s debut public performance, and we’re ready for more. The Berklee College of Music student also backed up mom on guitar. In May, the Estefans closed on a $1.1 million condo in Boston to be closer to her.

MADELEINE MARR

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Former fashion and food writer Madeleine Marr joined the Miami Herald in 2003. The native New Yorker's celebrity coverage includes features, interviews, events, red carpets, premieres, award ceremonies, style, news and gossip in the South Florida area and beyond.

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