INDIANAPOLIS -- LeBron James says he believes Alex Rodriguez did the right thing by admitting using performance-enhancing drugs.
"I think it had to be a big monkey for him to get off his back, and I think it will be good for him in the long run," James said Tuesday night before his Cleveland Cavaliers faced the Indiana Pacers. "It's another big cloud over all baseball, and his accomplishments, but I think it will be good for him in the long run."
James, a Yankees fan, said he has never heard anybody in the NBA talk about using performance-enhancing drugs.
"I look at baseball like it's one of those team sports that's kind of individual, and I guess baseball players think they need an edge on the next player," James said. "It's never mentioned in basketball and I hope it never is, or in any sport."
Rodriguez acknowledged using performance-enhancing drugs when he was a member of the Texas Rangers from 2001-03.
James and Rodriguez are two of the biggest stars in sports.
But the discussion about steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs has become an issue around the sports world. Rodriguez's admission put it back in the headlines, something James hopes will go away.
Just like the drugs themselves.
"You know guys always want to get an edge. It's just never done [in basketball], and I hope it never will be," he said. "It's dangerous."
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