Alex Rodriguez: Fans Should ‘Celebrate,’ Not Criticize, LeBron James

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — LeBron James’ fourth-quarter struggles in the NBA finals are still a talking point, even with the series now over and Dallas celebrating its crown.

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez knows a little something about under performing in the postseason. A-Rod told the New York Post on Tuesday that fans should cool off on King James.

“Winning a championship is not an easy thing to do regardless of talent,” Rodriguez told the paper. “We need to remember this kid is 26 years old, and celebrate his talent.”

There were some reports Tuesday that James had skipped Miami’s team meetings for a vacation in the Bahamas. Privately, some team members told him at times during the season to stop paying attention to news reports about the team entirely.

“LeBron is a once in a lifetime player,” said A-Rod, “especially the last year.”

At the end, James found his some of his words overly dissected and, he said, misinterpreted.

James’ offseason began with a clarification of something said after Sunday’s night’s season-ending loss to the new champion Dallas Mavericks, when part of his answer to a question about people being happy to see the Heat lose included the phrase “they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems.”

On Tuesday, James tried to clean up the mess he inadvertently created.

“Basically, I was saying, at the end of the day, this season is over and with all the hatred not only myself, everyone else has to move on with their lives as well,” James said. “They have to move on with their lives and their day-to-day, good or bad, and I do, too. At the end of the day, I’ve got to move on with my life. So it wasn’t saying that I’m superior or better than anyone else, any man or woman on this planet. I’m not.”

James offered some respect to the new champs later Tuesday. He posted a message on where he congratulated the Mavericks, especially Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and Jason Terry. He also lauded the Miami fans, teammates, coaches, team president Pat Riley and owner Micky Arison.

James closed the message with this: “A lot to learn from this year, a lot to build on, and a lot of work to do this summer.”

Do you agree with A-Rod? Fire away in the comments below…

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  • Paul D

    Yeah, but see, Lydia, we’re not allowed to comment on public figures. It makes you kinda’ wonder what our forefathers fought for. You’re not an athlete therefore you have no opinion, comrade. Just stick to the status quo while Esoterica and Chris monitor your language. We shall voice only that what will elevate our fearless leaders.

  • lydia

    And I’m not even a Knick fan! Even if I have to work 16 grueling hours tomorrow I’m still grinning ear to ear! He is a great talent but a cry baby! La Choke is his new name! He’s no Dirk Novitski!
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  • Paul D

    Yeah, you two are right. We have to stop commenting on what we see and feel. It’s not fair for these athletes. As a matter of fact, it’s not even fair that they have to compete at all. Maybe we should do away with sporta altogether and watch Oprah reruns. How the poor weep…. I’m going home and see what the doppler is doing. Whew! it’s hot!

  • chris Butler

    The average person has no idea what it feels like to have such tremendous expectations laid on them. Much of the criticism and ill feelings are around jealousy. LeBron is 26, a young man. He still has a lot to learn with life, despite his talent and wealth. He is doing fine. I’m a Knicks fan, but beyond that a human being. The tendency for this culture to tear down the best for not being perfect….most of us fall far short…is reprehensible. Congrats to Dirk and the Mavricks, they played great.

  • Esoterica

    Blah, blah, blah…! These two young stars have more talent in their little fingers than the haterz posting (and posing!) here will have in their entire bodies in a lifetime! Haterz only talent is hatin’! LOL at you all! The ladies of the world are tired of hearing it now, so QUIT yer whinin’! It only makes A-Rod and LeBron look even better! Now- Na, na, nah-na nah! Go somewhere, sit down… and do STFU!

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  • Paul D

    And A’mare is DA MAN!!!!!!

  • Paul D

    Amen to you both. A-rod should have a muzzle attached to his head when off the field. And LeBron is heartless, practically running away in the fourth quarter. What a disgrace! He knew, believe me, he knew that the onslaught would have been exponentially more rabid had he come to the Mecca.

  • hey, a-rod

    …..shut the f@#k up and play ball.

  • Mike Guastella

    Lebron is BSing us all! I’m from Brooklyn! Can’t fool me son! And I’m not fishing for controversey! He basically said I’m rich whether I win or lose and your still all broke! He needed his boys cause he couldn’t handle New York and it’s pressure! And I’m not even a Knick fan! Even if I have to work 16 grueling hours tomorrow I’m still grinning ear to ear! He is a great talent but a cry baby! La Choke is his new name! He’s no Dirk Novitski! A true champion who played injured and with tremendous heart! You win in Miami your The King of South Beach! You win in New York! Your the King of the World! Big Diffrence! Take of ya Yankee hat boy! Jeter has 5 rings! You just got ring around the collar!

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