The year 2008 started out so well for Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur. They were two key players on the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team that won the national title in March, and both were integral factors in that title game. Darrell Arthur dropped in 20 points and had 10 rebounds against Memphis that night, and Mario Chalmers hit the three-pointer at the end of regulation to save Kansas and send the game to overtime. Ever since that night, things haven’t gone so well for the duo.
Both players decided to capitalize on their success by leaving school early to enter the NBA draft, but neither was picked as early as they thought they’d be. Arthur slipped all the way down to 27 before the New Orleans Hornets drafted him, and Chalmers fell out of the first round entirely, going to the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 34th pick. Now Arthur is a member of the Grizzlies, while Chalmers is with the Heat. Of course, they won’t be playing for either team for quite a while now.
From the KANSAS CITY STAR:
Former Kansas basketball players Darrell Arthur and Mario Chalmers were kicked out of the NBA’s rookie transition program on Wednesday after being caught with marijuana in their hotel room in Rye Brook, N.Y., sources told ESPN The Magazine.
Sources told the magazine that Chalmers, a Miami Heat point guard, and Arthur, a Memphis Grizzlies forward, were also fined $20,000 apiece and will begin the season on the league’s suspended list. McIntyre would not confirm that to the magazine.
This is especially bad news for Chalmers, who doesn’t have a guaranteed contract thanks to being a second round pick, but he did it to himself so I don’t feel very bad for him. I mean, after you get hired for a job you don’t show up to your orientation with a bong. It’s just asking for trouble.
To make things more interesting, in the initial report the NBA’s #2 overall draft pick, and Chalmers’ new teammate in Miami, Michael Beasley was present in the room with both Arthur and Mario. Luckily for the Heat, that report turned out to be false.
As for the other two, they learned a very valuable lesson about life in the NBA. It’s totally cool to smoke pot, just do it at home. They’ll both have to take part in the program again next season, and hopefully by then they’ll have learned to leave the weed behind.