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Alex Rodriguez pulling for LeBron James, feels his pain

Jun 15, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

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Not many people can know what feels like to be LeBron James — the most talented and most despised player of a generation. An amazing talent people are convinced will never come through on the biggest stage.

Alex Rodriguez has walked a mile in those shoes.

The Yankee — who now has his ring with New York from 2009 — said he is pulling for the Heat in the NBA finals because he feels for LeBron. Rodriguez was on ESPN Radio in New York, as transcribed by the Miami Herald.

Sometimes I feel so bad for him,” Rodriguez said. “I feel like I feel his pain more than anybody….

“LeBron is definitely under the microscope,” Rodriguez said. “He is going to be judged on whether he wins a championship. So, yeah, I’m really hoping he gets this one behind him, and I’m cheering for the Heat, but ’09 was a career changer for me.”

I’m not sure one ring will be enough for some of LeBron’s critics. I’m not sure there will ever be enough for some.

But until he wins one the public perception of LeBron will not change. This season may be his best chance yet, but with the Heat roster as it is now he will have to not only lead but also be exceptional for it to happen.

  1. gmsingh - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    It’s nice to see A-Roid has something in common with LeBron.

    • bozosforall - Jun 16, 2012 at 12:14 AM

      One more ring than a loser like you.

      • gmsingh - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        Did you pay extra to get that stick up your butt?

      • bozosforall - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:40 PM

        No stick up MY butt…but I’m guessing that you get plenty of man stick up yours.

      • gmsingh - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:41 AM

        Like all of your posts that’s wrong too.

      • bozosforall - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:09 PM

        Not what the gays from Chitown wrote about you on public bathroom walls.

      • gmsingh - Jun 20, 2012 at 7:59 AM

        I know you’ve spent a lot of time in there Larry Craig style so you must have those walls memorized by now.

      • bozosforall - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:13 AM

        Who’s Larry Craig? Your boyfriend?

      • gmsingh - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:03 AM

        Ignorance isn’t an excuse, bozo.

      • bozosforall - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:57 PM

        In that case, the collective ignorance of the idiot Boston fan base trumps anything that any other fan base does in terms of stupidity.

      • gmsingh - Jul 7, 2012 at 5:38 PM

        You’re the expert on stupidity.

      • bozosforall - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:17 PM

        Expert in recognizing it…and you fit the definition perfectly.

      • gmsingh - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:27 AM

        That’s the lamest response I’ve ever heard–keep up the good work!!

      • bozosforall - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:45 PM

        The only good work was once again OWNING you.

      • gmsingh - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:32 PM

        With excessive lameness? Kewl!!

      • bozosforall - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:07 AM

        The only lameness emanates from Sh!tcago.

      • gmsingh - Jul 16, 2012 at 8:18 AM

        Interesting–that’s where Bozo comes from!

      • bozosforall - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:20 PM

        Who cares? My screen name has nothing to do with that clown

      • gmsingh - Jul 22, 2012 at 5:58 PM

        True, most clowns aren’t that retarded.

      • bozosforall - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:42 PM

        You can’t really be as stupid as you appear.

      • gmsingh - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:17 AM

        You can.

      • bozosforall - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:47 PM

        Keep dreaming, dunce boy. The dunce cap will always sit safely on your pointed head.

      • gmsingh - Jul 24, 2012 at 6:48 AM

        That’s infinitely preferable to the orifice you keep yours in.

      • bozosforall - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:29 PM

        As opposed to what you keep in that orifice…namely other men.

  2. xjokerz - Jun 15, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    What ? Being overrated and the least clutch players at there sports.? What’s aroids average in the playoffs again?

    • buffalowned - Jun 15, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      it was pretty high in 09 when he carried the yankees to a championship…you are the type of clown that will be still be saying lebron’s not clutch after he’s named finals mvp

    • phillysteak24 - Jun 16, 2012 at 2:40 AM

      .277 Career Postseason avg and .313 avg in the ALCS. Not horrible

      • txnative61 - Jun 16, 2012 at 3:33 PM

        FYI—The career would include his Mariner stats, and with the Yankee’s before the 09 ALCS was below .100, or in that vicinity I think? It can accurately be argued the Yankee’s would not have even made the playoffs without his play during the season, and even that to a large extent his overall numbers justify his huge salaries. Can’t say he wasn’t viewed as a choker those years before the ring, much like LeBron now.

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 15, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Kate Hudson is going to be sitting right behind the Heat bench.

  4. duane888 - Jun 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    A-rod knows Lebron’s pain cuz he went through the exact same thing.

  5. mashoaf - Jun 15, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Sad to say aroid is a smarter person than someone, but LeBron was stupid enough to promise 7 rings. Sadly LeBron will be scrutinized if he doesn’t get more than one ring.

    • mannyfresh209 - Jun 15, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      to anybody who took that OBVIOUS joke of a statement serious:

      you’re a moron. thanks for the time.

  6. dgbk - Jun 15, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    lebron dont need to win 7 or 8 despite the pep rally promises… I doubt one ring will cut it. he dont need to catch up to russell or jordan but he need to be atleast on or near duncan and shaq lvl with 3 or 4. one ring ppl will still say his career was a let down.

  7. spankygreen - Jun 15, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Mr James need only satisfy and answer too the Heat owners and his teammates……….FU$$K PUBLIC PERCEPTION……DOUBLE FU$$CK CRITICS…..

    • gmen4life33 - Jun 15, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      Double FU$$#CK you too$%O00oo

  8. spankygreen - Jun 15, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    to

  9. sportsjoker - Jun 15, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Who gives a **** who ARod is pulling for in the NBA Finals?

  10. isujames - Jun 15, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Who cares, Lebron don’t need any sympathetic cheatleaders, I mean cheerleaders.HEAT IN 5.

  11. florida727 - Jun 15, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    People don’t dislike/hate LeBron because of his talent, or because he exercised his right to leave Cleveland and join a couple friends in South Beach. They don’t like him because of his (perceived?) arrogance. If he came across as humble or modest, he’d win people over. The thing you have to keep in mind, whether you’re a fan of his or not, is that maybe he doesn’t care if you like him or not.

    • scalfor3 - Jun 15, 2012 at 8:14 PM

      the decision backlash seemed to bother him at first but he seems to care less and less now. i think he went in trying to get everyone to like him, but now has realized thats not realistic and is more comfortable in the “villain” role

  12. denverdude7 - Jun 15, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    A-Rod is a little mistaken. He has NOT walked a mile in Bron-Bron’s shoes.
    A-Rod stayed put, stepped up and won a championship.

    Bron-Bron stepped out and became a second fiddle to let someone else win a championship FOR him.

    BIG DIFFERENCE.

    • txnative61 - Jun 16, 2012 at 1:58 AM

      Excuse me? Mistaken is the correct word—-for YOU! Let’s ask a Seattle Mariner fan if A-Rod stayed put. Of course he played A++ ball to the end of his contract and jumped ship to the Rangers for $250 Million–yeah, like ANY sane person wouldn’t? Well, after the Rangers decided that was an insane amount, they traded him, by agreeing to swallow more than half his remaining contract, to the—-yep, mr “stayed put”, the Yankees. Ah, but they already had a HOF Shortstop named Derrick Jeter, so here’s the “second fiddle” playing Third, but making way more than Jeter or anybody else in the league and choking big time in the playoffs for several years. My guess is he has been widely vilified for all this at least on a par with “Bron-Bron”. Maybe you don’t want to see the parallels?

      • phillysteak24 - Jun 16, 2012 at 2:44 AM

        BTW its Derek Jeter. oh yeah and Arods BA in the postseason is .277 not to bad.it was enough to win a ring.

      • txnative61 - Jun 16, 2012 at 2:49 PM

        Of course, apologizes to Derek, I was mistaken. Pay-Rod, A-Roid, A-Rod’s average was abysmal for several years in the playoffs before he got the ring. There are differences, to be sure, but no question he can relate to LeBron’s infamy.

  13. annes22 - Jun 15, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    LeBron should not worry about what any of the loosers say/ He is the best player in the NBA so everyone get on with it. Most of them are probably just jealous of his talent, and they couldn’t walk in his shoes if they tried. It’s amazing how the press and the TV change sides from game to game. When things are going well for LeBron they are on his side, then when things go wrong they jump off the bandwagon.
    If I was LeBron I would say f— the lot of you. I just hope the Heat win the Championship and that would piss off plenty of the loosers out there.

  14. onlyincleveland0316 - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Bet you know what leBOOB feels like, curt. YOU know what I mean!

  15. onlyincleveland0316 - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    What’s a looser, annes? I’m thinking YOU!

  16. texasxmas1 - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Part of the public perception of LeBron James being a nitwit is the “taking my talents to South Beach” and the fact the Heat would win multiple championship statements a couple of years ago. LeBron is only 27 now, and 25 when he made the goofy statement. He looks 45, so don’t expect proper maturity to go with the very mature face. Alex is good looking, while LeBron is the Big Ugly so he is cut some slack. It would be a shame if the Heat won the championship. It would emphasize substance over greed if the Thunder do not win. We should all hope that speed and class defeats the choice of the tools of South Beach.

  17. drewsylvania - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    This board: more class than UMass.

  18. Cranky Cuss - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    He makes $16 million a year and doesn’t have a championship ring? Oh, the pain. I don’t know how he gets out of bed in the morning.

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