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March 10, 1997
While there may be an argument as to who the best point guard is, there's no disputing Brandon's immense talent and character.PAUL D. FULWILER, WILSONVILLE, ORE.
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While there may be an argument as to who the best point guard is, there's no disputing Brandon's immense talent and character.

Point Guards
Thumbs up on your article on Cleveland Cavalier Terrell Brandon (Floor Leader, Feb. 10). It's nice to see four pages spent on a guy who not only is emerging as a perennial All-Star but also is exhibiting on- and off-court behavior that epitomize how pro athletes (are you reading this, Michael Irvin?) should act.
CONOR DUFFIN, Oconomowoc, Wis.

Not many players in the NBA can say that after games they go back to their rooms and think about what they can do to make their kids and parents proud of them. Kudos to Brandon for not letting the money and fame go to his head.
ADAM SALTI, New York City

Terrell Brandon the best point guard in the NBA? No way. Penny Hardaway of the Orlando Magic is No. 1. He doesn't fit the classic mold for a point guard, but then neither did Magic Johnson.
BRIAN B. FUCILE, Winter Park, Fla.

Your article says that "statistics can tell only part of the story." Correct. Intangibles such as toughness and leadership cannot be measured. Chris Childs brings both these qualities to the New York Knicks. The team was considered by many to be "softer" after the departure of Anthony Mason, and Childs challenged his teammates to be tougher. While Childs may not have the numbers of some of the other point guards in the league, in his first year on a team with three new starters he has guided the Knicks to the upper reaches of the Eastern Conference.

The Chicago Bulls have prospered for years despite not having a solid point guard, and this season they have the best record in the NBA without a point guard in your Top 16. How much greater does that make their accomplishments!
STEPHEN KLEIN, Far Rockaway, N.Y.

I can't believe Phil Taylor ranked Damon Stoudamire so low on his list of the NBA's best point guards (High Points, Feb. 10). In his ranking Taylor left out some major factors: Stoudamire had to assume the on-court leadership role in his rookie year; he had to play in a city that at first did not want him ( Toronto fans wanted Ed O'Bannon); and he was the NBA's Rookie of the Year while playing on one of the league's worst teams.
COLIN MACDONALD, Holland Landing, Ont.

It is interesting to note that in Taylor's ranking system Brandon and John Stockton of the Utah Jazz would be tied at 104 points before adding rebounds and blocks. Since tracking things like blocked shots by a point guard is about as relevant as tracking the number of three-pointers Shaquille O'Neal sinks, I propose instead the assist-to-turnover ratio. This more revealing statistic was left off the list. Through Jan. 26, your cutoff date, if you give it a weighting of one, Stockton comes out ahead, 118-116.
ERIC H. BROWN, Salt Lake City

Bobby Allison
The story on Bobby Allison was a masterpiece—sad, funny, honest, thought-provoking and rich in memories for a longtime racing fan (How Much Can One Man Bear?, Feb. 10). I still feel a sense of loss when I see number 28 circling the track without Davey Allison behind the wheel and when an Allison is not introduced among the drivers.

Sweeney Decision
As Walt Sweeney's attorney, I know that the former Charger did not receive a $1.8 million award against the NFL pension plan just because he was a football player who became an addict (INSIDE THE NFL, Feb. 3). Sweeney received it because, in an attempt to enhance his performance on the field, the team supplied the drugs that led to his addiction, which in turn led to his total and permanent disability.