5 Questions With Lionel Chalmers

5 Q's 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