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At 20, MJ was no LeBron

Updated: March 9, 2005, 7:44 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

DENVER -- It was once known as an age-old debate in this league. It is now just an old age question.

Remember when we used to ask: Who was better at 21 ... at 23 ... at 25?

Kobe Bryant?

Or Michael Jordan?

Remember that one?

It's actually an easily forgotten question in these LeBron James days. LeBron has succeeded Kobe as the bearer of the Next Jordan burden, and perhaps the greatest tribute to the kid is that you never hear that question any more.

Whenever ...

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