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.
“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?”‘
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.
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.”
New Sixers center Andrew Bynum will head to Germany in early September to have the same experimental procedure on his knee that Kobe Bryant, Grant Hill and Alex Rodriguez have undergone, according to a West Coast source with knowledge of the situation. Bynum has had surgery on both of his knees. It is unknown whether the procedure will be performed on the one knee or both. According to the source, Bynum’s knees are fine and the procedure is non- surgical.
Roy’s recovery from chronic knee problems has been recently spurred by undergoing the platelet rich plasma therapy procedure that Lakers star Kobe Bryant popularized with NBA players, sources said. The blood spinning procedure gave profound relief to the knees of Bryant, Tracy McGrady and baseball star Alex Rodriguez.
And A-Rod’s thoughts on LeBron finally getting his championship breakthrough, “I know exactly how he felt, and I was very happy for him. And I know he’s going to take a deep breath now and really enjoy the rest of his career. We probably haven’t seen the best of him and I think we will now.”
Kobe Bryant confirms he recently directed Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez to an experimental treatment on his right knee in Germany. Bryant credits the therapy with dramatic improvement in his own troublesome knee and an injured ankle in recent months. Bryant gave Rodriguez the phone number of the German doctor who developed the treatment, the Lakers guard said Thursday night before Los Angeles hosted the New York Knicks.
Rodriguez became fair game the day he signed his landmark $252 million contract to play for Texas and again when he escaped to New York to join Derek Jeter’s Yankees, four-time champs. “And the Heat had won a title [before James arrived], so it’s a good comparison,” A-Rod said. “That’s huge, because if they’d never won, he’s coming in as the guy who can take them over the top. “But I’m a big LeBron James fan, and he’s going to be fine. … He’s too good. His time is going to come, and it’s up to [the media] to make it miserable for him until he does. That’s just the way it goes.”
So A-Rod was approached as a credible voice on LeBron’s plight, a subject he embraced eagerly enough to open a window on his competitive soul that he rarely opens. Rodriguez talked with ESPNNewYork.com on Friday about James, about the mental and emotional hurdles he cleared to win a title with the New York Yankees, about the advice Elway gave him in pursuit of that title, and about the relentless pressure applied to him by the news media that’s now being applied to the starting small forward of the Miami Heat. A starting small forward who has inspired a national conversation on his inability to make a clutch endgame shot. “When LeBron overcomes, it’s going to be sweet for him,” Rodriguez said. “But these are the little battles he has to go through, and a lot of it is going to a different place. If this happened in Cleveland, it never gets talked about. But once you expose yourself, like me leaving Seattle, the training wheels are off.