KWCH 12 Eyewitness Sports
3:28 PM EDT, June 21, 2013
Former Kansas standout Mario Chalmers won his second NBA title when his Miami Heat team defeated the San Antonio Spurs Thursday in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
Chalmers, who had his KU jersey retired in February 2013, becomes the fourth Jayhawk to win multiple NBA crowns, joining KU legends Clyde Lovellette, Wilt Chamberlain and Jo Jo White. Lovellette won three NBA championships with the Minneapolis Lakers in 1954 and the Boston Celtics in 1963 and 1964. Chamberlain won titles with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1967 and the Los Angeles Lakers in 1972, while White won the 1974 and 1976 NBA Championships with the Boston Celtics.
In winning the 2012 title, Chalmers becomes the 11th Jayhawk to win an NBA title and the second for the Miami Heat. Current KU team chaplain and former KU All-American Wayne Simien was a member of the 2006 Miami Heat NBA title team.
Last year, Chalmers joined Lovellette in becoming only the second Jayhawk to win an NCAA National Championship and an NBA title.
Lovellette, who was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in November 2012, was the Most Outstanding Player (MOP) of the 1952 NCAA Tournament in which Kansas won in Seattle. Chalmers was the MOP of Kansas’ 2008 NCAA National Championship team that won in San Antonio.
KU NBA Champions
Clyde Lovellette (1950-52 at KU), Minneapolis Lakers - 1954; Boston Celtics - 1963, 1964
Maurice King (1955-57 at KU), Boston Celtics - 1960
Wilt Chamberlain (1957-58 at KU), Philadelphia 76ers - 1967; L.A. Lakers - 1972
Jo Jo White (1966-69 at KU), Boston Celtics - 1974, 1976
Bill Bridges (1959-61 at KU), Golden State Warriors - 1975
Wayne Simien (2002-05 at KU), Miami Heat - 2006Jacque Vaughn (1994-97 at KU), San Antonio Spurs - 2007
Paul Pierce (1996-98 at KU), Boston Celtics - 2008
Scot Pollard (1994-97 at KU), Boston Celtics - 2008
Mario Chalmers (2006-08 at KU), Miami Heat - 2012, 2013
Kansas NBA Finals Most Valuable Players
Wilt Chamberlain - 1972
Jo Jo White - 1976
Paul Pierce - 2008