Originally Posted by kennethgriffin
scoring wise maybe. but your forgetting that eddie jones was a 2nd team all defender
and even if lebron was better. he would still be forced to come off the bench just out of respect for the other guy
you have to earn your spot. especially on a winning team with expectations. if the coach started lebron over jones and they lost. everyone would have blamed the coach and said "LA would have won if they started jones"
i'm not saying a rookie kobe is as good as a rookie lebron... lebron was clearly better because he had an nba ready body
fact is lebron would not have started on a contender with allstars infront of him
Rookie Lebron would've easily started over Eddie Jones. It wasn't a "respect" thing. Eddie Jones was just better then Kobe at that time.