I can't buy you a drink, Al McGuire, but I'm sure going to drink to you.
—BOB SWERCHECK, Slatington, Pa.
I wonder if Bob Knight realizes the winter-long death march he has been spared—one combustible Big Ten arena after another would have been more than any man could bear (Knight Fall, Sept. 18). Indiana president Myles Brand performed a mercy killing, and Knight's true friends and supporters should be grateful.
WILLIAM E. GREFFIN, Oak Park, Ill.
The arrogant Knight and the simpering wimp Brand are both bad for Indiana. If I were an Indiana graduate, I'd rather have the outspoken and abrasive Knight represent me than the mealymouthed, wait-for-the-right-moment-when-I-can't-be-blamed Brand.
JEFFREY MYERS, Medford, N.J.
I find it ironic that a man whose philosophy has been "my way or the highway" should feel victimized when his university finally adopts the same standard.
GARY HERBEK, Sarasota, Fla.
It's a shame that 700-plus wins, three national championships, an undefeated season, a stellar record of compliance with NCAA rules and high player graduation rates meant so little to Brand. It's more of a shame that your writer, Alexander Wolff, would overlook these accomplishments in compiling an incomplete and unfair cover story.
R.B. PEMBER, Atlanta
Who wouldn't love to see Knight end up coaching Latrell Sprewell in the NBA?
TEE DEEN, Kernersville, N.C.
Thanks, Myles! I had Sept. 10, 2000, in the office pool.
TOM MALABO, Tucson
After reading your article on Kobe Bryant's, Shaquille O'Neal's and Pete Sampras's attitude toward the Olympics, I was in shock (SCORECARD, Sept. 18). It's one thing not to play if you're injured, but it's quite another to show disrespect to the country that has allowed you to make more money than an average person would make in 10 lifetimes. The U.S. asks little of its citizens: Pay your taxes and live by the nation's laws. For Kobe, Shaq or Pete to, in effect, say to the public, "I have better things to do with my time than play for the United States," is downright horrific.
CHRIS MARINO, Dedham, Mass.
Jack McCallum's criticism of Kobe Bryant's my-plate's-too-full spurning of the [Olympic] basketball competition is ill-founded. First, by virtue of the Lakers' playing all the way through the postseason to the NBA championship, Kobe's summer vacation was notably shorter than that of any member of the U.S. team. Second, you write cover stories decrying athletes who show no responsibility to home and family, but now you criticize a young man who places spending his limited time with his fianc�e and preparing for his marriage over playing more ball with the guys.
MICHAEL G. HERMAN, Beverly Hills, Calif.
In her congratulatory phone call from President Clinton, Venus Williams complained to him of her high taxes (SCORECARD, Sept. 18). Clinton said, "We're working on it. I think there ought to be special rules for athletes." Venus, if you believe that, then also believe that I'm flying to the moon this evening in my invisible spaceship.
DAN SOBOLAK, Houston