I feel where ur goin with this, Snakell, but LeBron can't possibly prove anything his rookie season. He's gonna have to save the team that picks him up, and he's gonna be depended on a lot, and that may be a lil' too much for a kid outta HS. But I hope they all give LeBron a glance at how NBA players play, and show him a thang or two. Sure the Kobe hataz say biased ish, but we shouldn't diss LeBron in the process, u know? Sure Kobe didn't get a big ole phat shoe deal contact, that's why he payed Adidas to stop it, and decided to take his glory where it'll be better appriciated. While Kobe was bein offered a contract when left Adidas, Kobe STILL didn't sign a contract. He repped some Questions durin some games before he stayed with tha J's, but why didn't Kobe just sign? He shoulda taken the best opportunity for his situation, and signed. But in all due respect for LeBron, it was Nike that offered him tha contract, so he took advantage of the opportunity. Sure it isn't right for an unproven talent to get offered more than Kobe, a proven talent who has 3 rings, unlike a rook... They're just biting into the hype, and we'll see where LeBron's headed after his rook season. Cuz even the media was degrading Kobe, callin him airball, and ball hog and all that ish, which wasn't right!! He too was a rookie who made mistakes, and look where Kobe is now!!!