Alex Rodriguez Rumors
Alex Rodriguez may be one of the most beleaguered and despised athletes in professional sports, but that apparently was of little consequence to the Milwaukee Bucks organization. The Bucks had the New York Yankees third baseman address their players while the team was in Miami last week to play the Heat. Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games – which was later reduced to 162 – and sat out all of last season after violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy.
If embattled Alex Rodriguez needs any advice, an avid New York Yankees supporter welcomes A-Rod to call him. That fan would be LeBron James. In an interview Friday with FOX Sports Florida, the Miami Heat star talked about the surprising drop-off and benching experienced by Rodriguez in the postseason and offered his assistance. “If he wanted to reach out to me, I’ve never turned down a phone call to help somebody,” James said.
“I’ve always kind of wished him the best and wanted him to do well because I was in that same position, people saying you can’t win one, you can’t win, you don’t show up under pressure,” said James, who won his first title last season in his ninth NBA year while Rodriguez won his one World Series with the Yankees in 2009 in his 16th season. “It was good to see him actually play the way he played when they actually won it. He was a big reason why they won it. “You always hear the saying, ‘What have you done for me lately?’ It sucks that it had to come to that, that one of the greatest baseball players of all time is actually scrapped out of the lineup when he’s still capable of playing baseball. I think we all think he’s capable of still doing it. It’s like, ‘What happened?”‘
Carmelo Anthony isn’t a Yankees fan, but seeing what happened to Alex Rodriguez during the ALCS didn’t sit well with the Knicks’ star mall forward. “I just feel bad for A-Rod, man,” Anthony said. “I don’t like to see nobody go through that. It’s tough.” Rodriguez was benched in Game 3 and wasn’t in the starting lineup for Game 4, but entered the game as a pinch hitter. Anthony couldn’t see himself being benched. “I can’t imagine that,” Anthony said. “I can’t imagine that.”
But that’s not exactly what Bryant said when he called Rodriguez, who was benched for Game 3 on Tuesday night because he’s hit .143 in the ALCS and .130 in the playoffs with no RBIs. No, that conversation went more like this: “I just say to him, ‘You’re Alex Rodriguez. You’re A-Rod. You’re one of the best to ever do it,'” Bryant said. “I think sometimes he kind of forgets that and wants to try to do the right thing all the time. Which is the right team attitude to have. But other times you really have to put your head down and say, ‘Hell with it’ and just do your thing. “Hopefully the next game they’ll kind of give him a chance, maybe put him back at third and let him respond to the pressure, which I think he’ll do.”
The New York Yankees’ 2-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series was a world away. But the struggles of his friend Alex Rodriguez were not. “We spoke a couple of days ago,” Bryant said of Rodriguez, whom he befriended on the set of a commercial a few years ago. “You can only control what you can control. You go out there and do the best job you can. If they take you out of the lineup, it’s really on you to be a good teammate and support the other guys, which he’s good about doing.”