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Throwback Thursday: rookie Carmelo was skinnier than rookie LeBron

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There was a time when there was a debate as to whether LeBron James was really better than Carmelo Anthony. I think time itself makes a pretty good case for why that's now ludicrous, but when they both burst into the league in 2003 it was a much more complicated issue. Just look at these two kiddos:

But it's pretty obvious which one of these gentlemen took better care of themselves over the past 12 years.

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