To enliven games and de-brutalize basketball, the NBA should take a page from the NHL rule book and adopt the penalty box. A flagrant or technical foul would earn a player two to five minutes on the sideline, while his team would work shorthanded against its opponent's five-on-four power-play offense.
Mike Barrett, Neenah, Wis.
A Pox on Rick
New curses to add to Rick Reilly's list (THE LIFE OF REILLY, May 31):
?May you get one at bat in the big leagues-hitting lefty against Randy Johnson.
?May you be drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the No. 2 pick.
?May you have George Steinbrenner as your boss.
Rich Knopke, New York City
May Reilly's wife become an avid Red Wings fan.
Anthony B. Covell, Lawton, Okla.
I ADMIRE David Robinson for his commitment to his team, but sacrificing one's stats has occurred before (THE LIFE OF REILLY, June 14). In 1971, when Bill Sharman took over the Lakers, he built an offense in which Wilt Chamberlain (above) wouldn't score as much. His job was to block shots, rebound and pass to his guards. Wilt did just that and the Lakers won the 1971-72 NBA title.
Ed Fortuna, Sparta, N.J.