OKLAHOMA CITY -- Alex Rodriguez feels badly for LeBron James.
The New York Yankees slugger said Wednesday that he can relate to the national vitriol James has had to endure since joining the Heat. Rodriguez, who has dealt with plenty of bad publicity through the years, said on ESPN New Yorkâs The Michael Kay Show that itâs ânot fun being the villain.â
âSometimes I feel so bad for him,â Rodriguez said. âI feel like I feel his pain more than anybody.â
Rodriguez said winning the World Series in 2009 helped his image, and he is hoping the same will happen for James. A friend of Heat owner Micky Arison and a Miami native, Rodriguez is pulling for the Heat to defeat the Thunder in the NBA Finals.
âLeBron is definitely under the microscope,â Rodriguez said. âHe is going to be judged on whether he wins a championship. So, yeah, Iâm really hoping he gets this one behind him, and Iâm cheering for the Heat, but â09 was a career changer for me.â
Heat guard Dwyane Wade awoke from his dream sleep Wednesday to watch NBA TVâs documentary on the Dream Team.
Like every other lover of basketball, Wade grew up a fan of the original Dream Team. He made a point to set his alarm clock Wednesday to watch the first airing of the documentary. Few things are important enough to awaken a player from a nap during the NBA Finals, but Wade has his priorities in order.
âI wanted to see some of the behind-the-scenes of those guys together,â Wade said. âI enjoyed it as a fan.â
For Wade, the most interesting part of the documentary was the relationship between Michael Jordan and Olympic Team coach Chuck Daly. Jordan and Daly played golf together in Monte Carlo while the team trained for the Olympics. Daly, who passed away in 2009, was the coach of the Detroit Pistons in 1992 and the playoff battles between the Pistons and Bulls sometimes boiled over with emotion.
âI didnât know the relationships that those guys had or didnât have,â Wade said. âI think the biggest thing that surprised me was probably Michael Jordan and Chuck Daly. I know the rivalry between Chicago and Detroit, and for those guys to go out and golf and have the relationship they had, I found that very shocking.
âBut you understand it, especially playing on the Olympic [team], with all these great players and different personalities, and knowing how our team came together.â
As for the assertion in the documentary from current Olympic coach Mike Krzyzewski (an assistant at the time) that Daly âthrewâ the practice game against the Chris Webber, Grant Hill and Penny Hardaway-led Olympic Select Team, Wade didnât exactly agree. Based on footage of the game, Wade thought the Dream Team simply didnât look very engaged.
Wadeâs history of migraines is well-documented, but few people knew until Tuesday that James Jones sometimes suffers from the same condition. Jones had a migraine a few hours before Game 1 and couldnât get it under control until just before tipoff.
âI couldnât see straight,â Jones said.
Jones was scratched from the rotation, which limited Heat coach Erik Spoelstraâs options. Spoelstra mainly used a six-man rotation in Game 1, and by the fourth quarter the Heat couldnât keep pace with the Thunder.
Jones, who was available for Game 2, said he usually gets about three or four migraines a year but didnât know what triggered his episode Tuesday.