The story of Barkley's demise brought a tear to my eye.
—RYAN GUSTAFSON, Morristown, Minn.
Maybe the luckiest of Scottie Pippen's children is the one with whom he has no contact.
—ERIK SCHRADER, Joplin, Mo.
At last, a realistic portrayal of Scottie Pippen as an individual instead of an appendage of Michael Jordan (No Babe in the Woods, Dec. 13). I enjoyed the personal information that helped me see him as a real person.
NAOMI R. JOHNSON, Bedford Heights, Ohio
Let me get this straight: Pippen sat out most of a playoff game because of a phantom migraine, he wouldn't finish a game because he didn't get the final shot, and he seems more interested in making a billion dollars than having a relationship with one of his three children by three women. Some leader, huh?
MIKE SZAJENKO, Warren, Mich.
Pippen is one reason I will no longer spend a dime on the NBA. Scottie, you may make your billion dollars, but money can't buy class.
FRANK TINO, Tewksbury, Mass.
SI tried to do Pippen the favor of publishing a puff piece about him, and he still ended up looking like a jerk. Even the best sportswriter can only do so much with that kind of assignment.
JAY EXUM, Raleigh
Man of Morals
The Los Angeles Lakers' A.C. Green is an inspiration, a role model and a sports hero for kids—and adults (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Dec. 13). If the country had more men like him, there would be far fewer fatherless homes, unwanted pregnancies, cases of AIDS, and women and children left out in the cold. Let Madonna weep, God is pleased. Unlike other athletes, A.C. will have no regrets.
TIM MORBITZER, North Manchester, Ind.
I have followed Green's career from his college days. I have appreciated his athletic ability, but more important, I've developed great respect for his stand on what constitutes a healthy lifestyle. He demonstrates what it means to have faith in Jesus Christ and to live successfully in a situation full of temptation to disgrace that precious name.
DOUG ELLSWORTH, Burlington, Ont.
Quite a contrast: Pippen's saying that he has no relationship with one of his out-of-wedlock children and Green's saying, "Any guy can make a baby. It takes a man to take care of one."
ERIC JAPPINEN, Oconomowoc, Wis.
She's Got Game
The one freshman you left out of your Whiz Kids article (Dec. 13) is Kara Lawson of Tennessee. It's rare that a freshman is the third-leading scorer, averaging 13.8 points, on a team that is ranked No. 2 in the country.
TREVOR GIBSON, Alexandria, Va.