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Monday , Sep , 06 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Reggie Miller: Dwyane Wade is Derek Jeter, LeBron James is Alex Rodriguez

Wattage aside, perhaps the Miami Heat’s cast of superheros -- or villains, depending on your point of view -- will not be led by King James. TNT's Reggie Miller said the Heat’s star system is simple: " Dwyane Wade is the Derek Jeter here. LeBron James is the Alex Rodriguez. One of those guys will have to sacrifice, and it will have to be LeBron. This is still Dwyane's team."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call:
Sorry Reggie, but Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are different than Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.

First, Wade and James are boys. They wanted to play together. They’ve been scheming on this longer than you’ve been dead weight on TNT’s broadcast staff.

Jeter and Rodriguez aren’t close. They were forced to play together. They tolerate each other. It’s a professional relationship. Nothing more.

Second, basketball is more of a team sport than baseball. In the NBA, truly great players transcend statistics and bring out the greatness in each other.

LeBron will be a Magic Johnson style distributor for the Miami Heat. His points will decrease, but his assists will skyrocket, propelling the Three Kings deep into the playoffs.

This won’t diminish LeBron’s status. It will do the opposite. In the NBA, great players make those around them better and procure championships. They don’t worry about ‘sacrificing’ regular season scoring numbers.

That’s the difference between basketball and baseball.

To be a crème de la crème talent in the NBA, a player must stack Larry O’Brien trophies. It’s the only currency of greatness. It’s the sole measuring stick. So players are willing to work together.

MLB is a numbers game. It’s more an individual sport. A player can be an all-time great if he has ‘his’ statistics. Team success takes a backseat and is less important. 

Wade and LeBron aren’t Jeter and Rodriguez. They’ll make their partnership work. They’ll win. And that’s all that should matter.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Jun , 03 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Diva Alert: Is LeBron becoming another A-Rod?

In so many ways, he’s a young Alex Rodriguez, so insecure with himself and his MVP awards, so desperate to find validation in the courtship of free agency.

“He seems more enthusiastic about this than he did trying to beat the Celtics,” said one Western Conference GM. “I mean, who goes on Larry King to talk about ‘when I become a free agent’?”

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HoopsVibe's Quick Call: While LeBron James hasn't cheated on his wife with a 'professional dancer' in Toronto or become 'friends' with Madonna like Alex Rodriguez, he is displaying some of the same frustrating tendencies as the slugger.

His free agency has taken on a life of its own. What's the point, other than headlines, for this free agent summit? As the game's best player, James doesn't need to consult lesser stars. He's in position to make demands. There's no need to listen to second tier, fool's gold stars like Amar'e Stoudemire.

And, after losing in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, why do a feature interview with Larry King and allow it to air between games of the NBA Finals? Why not keep quiet?

Unfortunately, it shows he craves the spotlight, which is a sign of insecurity. The same insecurity 'A-Rod' has shown over the years -like when he left the Seattle Mariners for the Texas Rangers, donned a deluxe suit in the middle of the night when meeting the Boston Red Sox brass, and supposedly feuded with Yankee legend Derek Jeter.

Hopefully, James decides where he wants to play and ends the diva act. Then he can return to focusing on the only thing that matters: winning his first NBA championship.

Is LeBron becoming another A-Rod?