Monday, July 12th, 2010 at 11:18 am  |  52 responses

LeBron James is Alex Rodriguez?

The New York Times came out with a fantastic feature that looks at A-Rod’s and Bron’s early years, and guesses at what James could be like towards the end of his career:”Like Rodriguez, James grew up without a father to guide him. Like Rodriguez, James was anointed as the future of his sport as a teenager, then largely lived up to the hype. Like Rodriguez, James became a free agent at 25 after playing seven years for his first team without winning a championship.Rodriguez played for the Seattle Mariners from 1994 through 2000, when his team lost in the playoffs for the third time. The Mariners had tried to sign him after the 1998 season, offering Rodriguez a contract that would have made him the highest-paid player in baseball. Rodriguez passed, choosing to explore free agency.”

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  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Like Rodriguez, Lebron experimented with HGH?

  • The D Train

    To answer the question simply, yes.

  • The D Train

    sorry, should specify that the answer was to the main question, not BETCATS.

  • The D Train

    I live by Seattle. Grew up with Griffey and Co. We knew A-Rod was a primadonna. The difference between LBJ and A-Rod was that you knew that A-Rod was not likable. That, until a week ago, never really seemed to be the case with Lebron, at least in Cleveland. I never cared for Lebron. He’s always rubbed me the wrong way. I guess the entitlement thing always bugs me as an MJ fan. I feel like these dudes don’t have to pay any dues before they have greatness thrust upon them. I don’t like Kobe, but I will begrudgingly accept his greatness, simply because the years have shown it can’t be denied. And he wins. Even without getting into the teammates-portion of the discussion, bottom line is that Kobe wins. Lebron has been considered the best player, or second best, basically from his second year on. I just wanted to see some titles before we annointed him. A-Rod was very similar. Except, repeat, no one liked him. We rooted for him because he was on our team and he was statistically great. Lebron’s antics in FA, and his egomaniac routine, has thrust him into A-Rod territory. Joining Wade to play A-Rod to Wades Jeter only makes it an obvious parallel, even if we hadn’t noticed it before. Frankly, would anyone be surprised to find out that Lebron had a painting of himself as a centaur in his room?

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    chris bosh is madonna.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    ^ D train, if he had a painting of himself, he would have stayed in cleveland or go new york.. well i could care less.

  • J.

    How soon we forget that before MJ won his first title he was pretty seen as Lebron is now, a marketing machine with talent but couldn’t win in the playoffs. People were saying that he could sell shoes but he would couldn’t win the big one. Remember the ‘alleged’ all star game freeze out, where players were said to have conspired to pass him the ball? Why do you think they did that? D Train talks about paying dues, but Jordan was in his first seven years in the league, hadn’t won a chip and was already being talked as a great player…sound familiar?? The best thing that happened to MJ was that the Celtics, Pistons and Lakers got old and his team got better and was younger. It’s the natural progression of sports, Lebron & his peers will have their time and then after that Durant and his will, and so on, so just sit back and watch it unfold. Ten years from now someone else will be talking about some kid no one has heard of yet, ‘not paying his dues’ and being anointed great…

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    that “J.” at 11:48 wasn’t me.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    ^that guy at 11:48 was not me.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    ^that guy who posted at 11:48 was not me.

  • vuk

    J: the difference is that MJ, after losing in the playoffs, didnt ditch the bulls and go join karl malone and stockton in Utah so that they could together beat LA and the magic, he kept working, kept getting better and finally got 6 championships on HIS team, with HIS supporting cast

    LeBroad on the other hand tried himself with HIS supporting cast and couldnt make it year after year, even though they had the best record in the league last season, and when things got too tough he QUIT and teamed up with know all-stars.

    So please dont you ever compare LeBroad to Jordan again or Kobe for that sake because neither Kobe or Jordan would ever settle for being the 2nd option on a team, they would rather lose but lose because they are they are the reason they lost, rather then win because theyre the Robin to someones Batman

    LeBroad is exactly the player i said he was when he came in the league, first thing i said after seeing the way he platys and the way he acts is that hes not the one that everyone thinks, hes not the Jordan or Kobe that would take a team year in and year out and win or lose always come back next season witt the look in his eye that he wants to ruip the heart out of his oponents and eat it for dinner, he wants things to be given to him the way hes used to.

    after kobe is done with winning ‘ships and gets too old itll be durant that takes over because he has that Kobe and MJ factor, lebroad NEVER will

    in my opinion hes Pippen and wades a worse version of jordan, and without a supporting cast this “GREAT TRIO” will never win anything more then the east, im willing to bet my house on it

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Lebron needs to be compared to Pippen now, MJ is out the door. Lets let Lebron catch Kobe first, which I doubt. BOOK IT!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    @ vuk quit talking first and clear up who you address to, that fake “J.” has a “.” period after the letter, heads up dude..

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    @ seed, hey im not that “J.” who said that, clear who you address to… can this fake “J.” guy change his name here.. ive got the copyright for that name, lol.

  • vtrobot

    LBJ is f*cking Madonna. @ D Train: always appreciate the NW perspective.

  • J. (i’ll be J. D. then)

    Also the difference is that MJ didn’t become a free agent at the time, so he didn’t have the opportunity to explore his options. I mean he was a ‘free’ agent, that meant he could do whatever he wants. I don’t really care who he plays for. I’m a Sixers fan so his playing in Miami makes me no nevermind. I just want my team to put together a team to beat the Heat. When Philly got Moses back in the day and went on to win the championship, a lot of people complained because Moses was a 2 time MVP and was joining a loaded team that had been to the Finals 2 out of 3 years but couldn’t get it done, but with Moses the Sixers won the chip and Moses got his 3rd MVP. It was Dr. J’s team but Moses was the MVP and the difference and being a Philly fan, I didn’t personally care as long as they won. Nobody ever says Moses, Doc and the Sixers’ championship was tainted. So, I’m sure the Heat fans feel the same way. If Lebron wins a 3rd MVP, and the Heat win the chip, I’m sure their fans won’t care one bit.

  • Robb

    LeRoid James. Yeah.

  • LA Huey

    The one thing I’ve learned from all this is that after the Heat run off a three-peat, nobody will give a ish about what happened last Thursday.

  • Jake

    Funny,I just made this same exact comparison on facebook a few days ago.

  • bill breedley

    like alex, bron realized he needs to piggyback on a Jeter to finally win something

  • AT33

    LeBron will be the best player on the best team in the world, the Heat. LeBron is the best player in the world. He screwed up the way he told his former team but let’s face it, Cleavland did not deserve him. Nobody wants to play in Cleavland.

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  • Jake

    Don’t the best players in the world usually need to win championships in order to support those lofty claims?

  • ConeyIslander

    Moral of the story, A-Rod has a ring and might win a fist full more in the future on his NEW TEAM. His old teams didn’t win without him and probably wont in our lifetime.The End.

  • vuk

    best player in the world??? how do you figure?? does he have a ring yet? tough to make that claim for a guy that hasnt won yet, and now even harder since he had to leave his team to be a 2nd option on wades team

  • Bruno, RJ

    lets see if lebron has the courage (??) od a-rod to say he took roids… cause everybody knows he did.
    well, it worked…
    he is rich, famous and hyped only cause of his physics atributes anyway. please, stop saying this guy has basketball talent cause just is just power.

  • vuk

    the bulls were founded in 66 and before jordan they had done nothing, he singlehandedly made that franchise what it is today … you think the top players before jordan wanted to play in chicago over a top market team? no, but jordans a competator and took an average team and made them great, thats what makes a GREAT basketball player, lebron will never be more then a spoiled cry baby who quits and blames others for his underachievements, iuno bout you guys but i would never consider a player like that for a GREAT player

    kobe is a great player, jordan was great, magic was great, bird was great, notice how all the GREAT players have one team in their resume, and kobe broke up a dynasty team because he wanted, and deserved, to be viewed as the number 1 player on a championship team, he went through the rebuilding process after winning 3 championships and came back to win 2 more, THAT is great, so everyone please dont call lebron great because all you do is look at his stats and are amazed, a player with an ego like his makes sure that he has a 30-7-7 stat line to make sure hes the self proclaimed king and to give him that ego boost that he needsd from everything he does in life, even if he chokes in the playoffs year in and year out

    sorry bandwagon jumpers, but he just doesnt have it in him to become GREAT, hes missing that fire that the great ones have, and thats not something that you can learn or teach

  • JTaylor21

    Bruno how do you know he took steriods were u there injecting him in the butt. F**king f*g and hater. Sure all lebron has is power and force, that was the same crap lakers fan were saying about Shaq after he babied kobe to 3 chips. Speaking of force, i bet u would like to feel the force of the black mamba in you, fruitcake. Also the yanks wouldn’t have won crap last year if not what A-Rod did.

  • kwame

    ppl writing novels haha

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    bron aint A Rod hes not a guys who just wants to boost up his stats he wants to win and A Rod wants to win 2 but he also tries to boost up his stats while making his team mates stats go down (pitchers)

  • aroma1324

    A-Rod went to the Rangers for money. Bron went to the Heat to try and start a dynasty.

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    vuk: Jordan couldn’t abandon the team, he signed a seven year contract. COme back next time.

  • T-Money

    Quite a few revisionist here… MJ was never a free agent, ever.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    The more I think about it all, the more I think LeBron just decided he couldn’t do it on his own, he decided he had to have superstar teammates or he was never going to have much of a legacy. Now the only thing people are gonna remember him for is that he dissed his hometown and was never truly “the man” on a dynasty team. To me that just sums it all up.

  • Robb

    great link jumpman3224!. MJ knows best.

  • Dagger

    So much stupidity here.

    Robb/jumpman: MJ knows best? Guess that’s why he’s been such a great GM, right?

    All those saying Lebron will be the second option: in what universe is Wade a better player than the back-to-back MVP? Wade also takes a very different approach to leadership, preferring to lead quietly, by example, while Lebron is much more outspoken. I suspect that the Heat will increasingly resemble Lebron’s team in coming months and years.

    Back to Jordan: the only reason we even consider the superstar surrounded by supporting players the ideal any superstar or team should live to is because Jordan was the first player to narcissistically refer to his fellow players as his “supporting cast.” That was a stupid statement at the time because Pippin was clearly a top-10, maybe top-5 player in the league. The reality is that greatness loves greatness. Bird and Magic both played with two other players who could be considered top-10 players in the league. West, both Malones, Russell, and Kobe all played with players who were on their level, fellow top-five players in the league. Meanwhile, the best player Lebron has ever played with is a 34-year-old Jamison, for half a season. Before that it was Mo Williams, a nice guy but someone the Bucks considered inferior to Luke Ridnour! Is anyone surprised that after five years Lebron left to seek the big market teammates and opportunities Kobe has enjoyed his entire career? Oh, and by the way, let’s remember that Kobe forced his way out of Charlotte when he was drafted to join the Lakers, otherwise this story might have been about Kobe, not Lebron.

    Anyway, I’m not saying that Lebron went about his decision the right way or even that it was the right decision, but at least think before you hate.

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    LeBron made a bad move business wise even though he went to the Heat for a “business” purpose/championship ring purpose which he undoubtedly could have one in the Cavs (2yrs in a row with the best regular season record is not a weak supporting cast).

    LeBron wants to build a business empire, but Wade is a Jordan athlete who represents Jordan’s signature shoe. He’s the MVP of the team so it actually makes Jordan’s brand look a lot better. Plus Wade didn’t piss off anyone in staying with the heat. LBJ pissed of the entire US, journalist besides Miami and just strictly LBJ fans. These are LBJ fans that admire his athletic ability and not the personal speak in third person LeBron James.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    ^dagger, kobe forced his way out of charlotte to join l.a.? where did you get that? dont invent stories..

  • Silverselectjd

    oh man, Jesse Jackson is trying to make Gilberts comments race motivated…

  • JTaylor21

    Actually eduardo, i respect everything he’s done and always will. How can you not respect a man that makes decisions for himself not what people want or feel is right. He has worked hard to get to where he is today contary to what kobe ballwashers say. They act like kobe’s the only chap in the L that works hard. You don’t become what he is today but not putting in endless hours in the gym/weight room. If it was easy to do what he does, then everybody and their mama would be playin in the L and winning MVPs. It’s not thats why people should respect this athletes more instead of calling them soft, overrated, lazy, etc. Also the cavs presentation consisted of fu**ing cartoons, who in the hell shows cartoons to player thats only interested in winning, while pat riley was showing championship rings and reminding him bout coaching Magic. the cavs are a bunch of stupid clowns,thats another reason why he was on the next thing smoking to mia.

  • http://twitter.com/flavaklav Klav

    JTaylor21 disses Kobe “nuthuggers” and yet is the biggest LeBron dickrider of them all. Book it.

  • hobbes

    People please be understandable, Lebron made the best decision for himself, that’s why its called the FREE AGENT. I actually gained new found respect for him. But whoever comes out from East will be owned by my Lakers. 3,4,5 peat… haha

  • KB

    if jordan was a free agent in 1987( mid 20s, no rings, no pippen) how sure are we he would have stayed with chicago?

  • jumpman3224

    @dagger: whoa, whoa…pump the brakes. I just offered a link as FYI and didn’t editorialize at all. That being said, great players haven’t always worked out in the front office but they are still qualified to comment on the next generation of greatness.

  • ClydeSays

    They might be similar in talent level and upbringing but I think that’s when the comparison ends. Lebron whatever his faults, didn’t demand the highest salary in baskeball, seems to genuinely like and be liked by teammates and hasn’t tested positive for drugs. If you haven’t read the ‘Arod’ bio, it’s worth checking out.

  • JTaylor21

    Klav yes I’m biging up someone who plays ball the right way not someone who strictly a shotjacker. I just relsih watching people who can really pass the ball play.remember when he passed it to djones and dmarshall and people where saying he didn’t have killer instinct but kobe against the suns and thunder throws up airballs in the closing seconds, gets bailed out by gasol/artest but people praise him for being cluth. total Bs. What happend to that so-called clutchness during the playoffs? I rather watch someone get a triple dub than someone taking 35-45 shots just to get 50 points. Maybe its just me.

  • http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:OzhW3M1GBSKkgM:http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    @ Jtaylor I reslish watching someone get his team to a game 7 by jacking up shots, going 6-24 in game 7, but still doing the little things to win with some help from his teammates. Oh, and also leading the Lakers in assists for the Finals.

  • http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:OzhW3M1GBSKkgM:http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    I also relish it in addition to reslishing it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    @jtaylor21: for his career, Kobe has shot .455 from the field (including two years in which he didn’t start and get consistant opportunities). LBJ has shot .475. That means per every one hundred shots of their respective careers, LBJ has made just 2 more than Kobe. In terms of 3 pt shooting, Kobe has shot .34 for his career to LBJ’s .33, so per every one hundred 3′s Kobe is making one more. Also, for his career Kobe averages 1409 FGA per season (1533 if you take out his two years coming off the bench). LeBron has averaged 1629 shots per season. So please tell me why Kobe is a “shotjacker” if his percentage is just hundreths of a percentage below LeBron and LeBron averages 200 more shots a season. Seriously, let me know. Also, clutchness extends well past the last shot. Kobe had a number of clutch plays in every round, just no game winners. And, he leads the Lakers in assists every year. Yeah, he isn’t a pass-first player but dont confuse that with not being able to pass.

  • http://flickr.com R2J

    @dagger: You say, “Oh, and by the way, let’s remember that Kobe forced his way out of Charlotte when he was drafted to join the Lakers”… But for what? To join Elden Campbell and Eddie Jones? Get the f*ck outta here. The Lakers traded Vlade Divac for Kobe. And don’t even say Shaq was the reason, because Shaq came right after the draft, during the 96 Summer Olympics. Get your facts straight.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Wow, if those stats are legit jumpman3224, thats a pretty solid call right there. Also, I’m pretty sure MJ was a free agent at one point, I remember it being mentioned in the HoF tribute SLAM mag, but it was like Kobe’s free agency this year, he just signed the extension and got on with it.