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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?