Reggie Lewis was a rising star in the NBA. Let's remember him that way.
QUENT THOMAS, WILLIAMSTON, N.C.
Great job on the Reggie Lewis story (Fair or Foul?, March 20). It's about time someone mentioned another possible cause for Lewis's damaged heart: his family's history of heart problems.
ELAINE GIANNELLI, Foxboro, Mass.
This type of tragic story should make management seriously look at its values and how it handles star players. It is imperative to address problems that players may have instead of sweeping them under the carpet. Reggie Lewis was a gifted athlete and person, and someone should have gotten him help, even if it was not what he wanted to hear.
CRAIG BARNETT, New Brunswick, N.J.
If Reggie Lewis was using cocaine, someone had to know about it, whether it was his wife, friends, doctors or the Celtics. And if one or more of those people did know, no one got help for him. Why? He might be alive today if someone had cared less about the Celtics' shooting guard and more about Reggie Lewis.
J. BRAD DAVIS, Iuka, Miss.
I refuse to believe that Reggie Lewis used drugs. He was a positive figure in Boston. I never heard complaints or trash talk come from his mouth, which was usually shining with a bright smile.
MATT TURNBULL, Wayland, Mass.
The Wall Street Journal story on Reggie Lewis sent a powerful message: Cocaine can permanently damage your heart. Your follow-up article sends the confusing message that playing basketball with the adenovirus 2 is hazardous to your health. In other words, the common cold can kill you. I wonder which message a quality person like Reggie would rather have as his epitaph.
JAMES CANNON, Denver
I may be naive, but I think Reggie Lewis was the man his family, friends and fans thought him to be. Why don't we let number 35 hang in the Garden with Celtic pride and let Reggie rest in peace?
SHANNON L. SMITH, Ashland, Ohio
Let's have some compassion for Donna Harris Lewis. She is a young widow who has to answer the questions of two fatherless children as to why, if their dad was so beloved, people who once heralded him as a hero in the community are now portraying him, his family and the Celtic organization as lying cheats.
LISA BALESTRACCI, Boston
What a Party
In your article on Rosey Grier (Forrest Grier, March 20), you referred to a party that Robert and Ethel Kennedy gave in 1967. In early 1968 I attended another party at which the Kennedys were present, just a few months before Robert was assassinated. I was manager of the Jefferson Airplane at that time, and we flew on a private plane with Rosey to Washington, D.C. The party was at Averell Harriman's house, and Grace Slick and I spent an enjoyable half hour watching Stan Musial and Woody Allen perform card tricks in one of the rooms.
BILL THOMPSON, San Francisco
Deal's Hammer Throw
I was pleasantly surprised by your piece on Lance Deal (Hammer Time, March 13). On the morning of the Millrose Games, I watched the weight events at Manhattan College. Only 30 or 40 of us sat in the wooden bleachers in the cavernous field house.