View Photo Gallery: The Miami Heat will try to even the NBA Finals series tonight in Game 2 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

When it comes to being a lightning rod for satire and admiration — often simultaneously — perhaps only one man says he can understand what it’s like to be LeBron James.

“Sometimes I feel so bad for him,” New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said on “The Michael Kay Show” on ESPN Radio in New York. “I feel like I feel his pain more than anybody. LeBron is definitely under the microscope. He is going to be judged on whether he wins a championship. So, yeah, I’m really hoping he gets this one behind him and I’m cheering for the Heat, but ’09 was a career changer for me.”

A-Rod has found himself in the spotlight for, among other things, posing shirtless in Central Park, being fed popcorn by then-girlfriend Cameron Diaz during a Super Bowl, and, perhaps, hanging a portrait of himself as a centaur over his bed.

LeBron’s offenses have been far less embarrassing. All he needs to do is win — he and the Miami Heat will be trying to even the NBA Finals series against the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight.

A-Rod knows the difference that can make. Until the Yankees won the 2009 World Series, “I felt I was the villain all the time.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.