Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/17/12
Though preparing for an NBA Championship run, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has still noticed the struggles of his friend, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez continues to be mired in a postseason slump. He was benched for the Game 3 loss against the Detroit Tigers and is batting .143 in the American League Championship Series. Bryant and Rodriguez became friends on the set of a commercial a few years. Bryant said the two talked a few days ago. "I just [said] to him, 'You're Alex Rodriguez. You're A-Rod. You're one of the best to ever do it,'" Bryant told ESPN.com. "I think sometimes he kind of forgets that and wants to try to do the right thing all the time. Which is the right team attitude to have. But other times you really have to put your head down and say, 'Hell with it' and just do your thing. "Hopefully the next game they'll kind of give him a chance, maybe put him back at third and let him respond to the pressure, which I think he'll do." Detroit ace Justin Verlander tossed 8 1/3 innings Tuesday night, and Phil Coke got the final two outs to put the Tigers up three games to none in the best-of-seven series.
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