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Brad Rock: Rock On

Published: Monday, June 13 2011 10:28 p.m. MDT

DREAM WORLD

If anyone is actually worrying about LeBron James (besides his mom), don't. He'll be fine.

Following Miami's NBA Finals loss to Dallas, James said things will go back to normal.

"All the people that were rooting me on to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life they had before," he said. "They have the same personal problems they had today."

He continued by saying people "have to get back to the real world at some point."

Except of course when you're 26 and already worth more than $100 million.

In which case reality is entirely inadmissible.

FEVERISH

Dwyane Wade and James enjoyed some laughs at the expense of the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki.

Nowitzki played with a sinus infection and a 101-degree fever in Game 5. Next day, Wade and James pretended to cough and wheeze in front of TV cameras.

Strange thing is, James was the one who actually played like he was sick.

HIGH NOTE

Last week was the annual charity golf challenge between Kyle Whittingham and Bronco Mendenhall, with Whittingham's foursome defeating Mendenhall's.

Per tradition, the losing coach was supposed to sing the other team's fight song. But as Mendenhall reluctantly prepared to sing "Utah Man," someone handed him a blue pom-pom. Soon he was singing "Rise and Shout."

Breach of protocol? Maybe. But having heard him sing, Rock On thinks it's wise to leave Mendenhall to the songs he knows best.

DISCONNECT

Jimmer Fredette made a brief ripple last week when reports said he wasn't interested in working out for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Speculation is that it had to do with Milwaukee already having 21-year-old point guard Brandon Jennings. Or maybe Fredette just doesn't like bratwurst.

Either excuse is fine with Rock On, who simply couldn't wrap his brain around The Jimmer and Andrew Bogut playing on the same team, anyway.

QUIET TIME

Outspoken Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was curiously silent during the playoffs this year, refusing interviews since the first round.

After winning the title on Sunday, he explained his approach: "The big mystery, huh? It didn't make any sense to say anything. The quieter I got, the more we won. I didn't want to break the karma."

Understandable. But if silence is so important, how come John Stockton doesn't have any rings?

email: rock@desnews.com

Twitter: therockmonster

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