Your story congratulates Duke for becoming "nasty" and playing with "swagger." Why is this good?
—RICK GAMMONS, Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Put Up Your Dukes
Kudos to Tim Crothers for his piece on Duke basketball (No More Mr. Nice Guys, Feb. 22). His insights into role players Shane Battier and Chris Carrawell should provide inspiration for high school athletes across America. Just one problem: How could you use Carolina blue for the cover logo color?
ANDREW LAYTON, New York City
I wonder if Mike Krzyzewski would have chosen to have back surgery during the 1994-95 season had the roster looked then as it does this year. If that team had ended up as national champs, would Duke have appealed to have that record credited to interim coach Pete Gaudet? By the way, where is Pete?
CHRISTOPHER TOPPIN Washington, N.C.
? Pete Gaudet is a high school teacher in Nashville.—ED.
I thought that Duke basketball was one of the last bastions of sportsmanship and class in big-time athletics. Silly me. Here's the sainted Grant Hill speaking of "complete arrogance" and "total disrespect for whoever we played." Here's the sainted Coach K pining for the days when players stomped on the chests of fallen opponents and exhorting students publicly with an obscenity. Just how far into the abyss of coarseness and disregard for our fellow human beings are we willing to let our greed and win-at-all-costs mentality take us?
JACK SCARBOROUGH, Fort Lauderdale
Two Sides of a Coin
It is undeniable that Melvin Whitaker slashed the face of Maurice Anderson. Whether it was intentional or not no longer matters. Everyone makes mistakes. When they are truly remorseful and apologize, they should be forgiven.
DAN R. RYBAK, Lisle, Ill.
The fact that Anderson has not forgiven Whitaker is irrelevant. How many of us could forgive someone in a similar situation?
PETER A. GAMBARDELLA, Richmond
Anderson's worrying about how he will explain the scar to his daughter is shallow. He should be thinking how he will explain to her why she was born out of wedlock.
BILL THOMAS, Hoover, Ala.
Hot As a Pistol
Sacramento Kings guard Jason Williams may be able to, as Kings coach Rick Adelman says, "see the entire court," but it's obvious he can't see the big picture (Pass Master, Feb. 22). What's he going to do if he suffers a career-ending injury? What's the guy who did "just enough to get by" in school going to do then? It's unfortunate that a person so adept at making the perfect pass cares so little about passing marks.
OWEN LOCKWOOD, Orange, Conn.
Before you start heaping praise on the abilities of Williams, let's give him a whole season to prove himself. I wish nothing but the best for him, but in three or four years he'll be out of the league and wondering what to do next.
EFRAIN AMBRIZ, Harlingen, Texas