5 Questions With Lionel Chalmers
by Jonathan Carl
Lionel Chalmers came into training camp ready to make his contribution at the point guard position. Chalmers, a 6-0 guard from Xavier, is a non-roster invite, and trying to make the Hawks roster for the 2006-07 season.
Originally drafted 33rd overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2004, Chalmers played in 36 regular season games for them that season, averaging 3.1 ppg and 1.3 apg. After spending training camp and preseason with the Minnesota Timberwolves last year, Chalmers played with Tau Ceramica in Spain.
After the first week of preseason practice, Chalmers has marked himself as a solid floor general and hustler. We spoke with him Thursday after morning practice to ask the five questions on everyone's mind:
Hawks.com: You played for Tau Ceramica in Spain last year. Have you tried speaking Spanish to Esteban (Batista)?
Lionel Chalmers: Not really. I know a little bit here and there. The thing I didn't know was that coach Herb (Brown) was a coach over there (in Spain). I've talked to Esteban about a couple of teams over there, but I'm leaving the Spanish part to him.
Hawks.com: If you had a nickname that described you (like Speedy Claxton), what would it be?
LC: Back home, they call me "No Lie" - it's really my name mixed up. I don't know, they call me "Charms" here, so I guess I'm lucky charms a little bit. I guess those two kind of fit.
Hawks.com: Who has been the toughest guy to guard so far in training camp?
LC: Honestly, it's hard to say because I've been going against a little bit of everybody. I think (Tyronn) Lue, he's tricky, he's a vet, so he has some up and under moves that get you off your feet a little bit. So it's been good all the way around.
Hawks.com: Who sports a better beard, Salim Stoudamire or Coach Mike Woodson?
LC: Definitely Coach Woodson. I mean, it's thick and he's got the sharp line up, so he's fresh all the time.
Hawks.com: What do you hope to accomplish over the next 3-4 weeks, and what are your predictions for the Hawks' upcoming season?
LC: I'm taking it one day at a time, doing the best that I can each day, and hopefully that will turn into some pretty good results. I just want to get out there and help the team win, whatever it is that I need to do for that. I think this team has a lot of potential - very young, very athletic and I think guys want to win. When you have a group of guys that are willing to work together and want to win, it's hard to stop that.
Jonathan Carl is the Media Relations Intern for the Atlanta Hawks