lebron only beat kobe by a year, and i'm not defending kobe, but bryant's first 2 years in the league he avg'd 15 minutes and 26 minutes per game respectively.
he wasnt a starter until half way through his second year.
in his first year he only got to play 15 minutes and only managed 7 ppg.
Lebron on the other hand was a 35+ minute a game player since day one.
so i'm pretty sure if kobe got those same minutes, he'd have beat him to 10,000.
but thats just my take.
but here we are squabling over this guy again..... and i'll admit, i hate him.
i'll be hapy when his career is over and he retires sans a championship ring.