Praise for Pete
Coach Pete Gaudet was my English teacher at Dartmouth (Mass.) High (INSIDE COLLEGE BASKETBALL, March 12). He created an intellectually stimulating and challenging academic environment. At Dartmouth High, West Point, Duke, Pearl-Cohn ( Tenn.) High and Vanderbilt, students and athletes who've been exposed to Gaudet's brand of teaching are better individuals as a result.
MIKE REARDON, Darien, Conn.
In Rick Reilly's column "Victim of His Own Foul Play," he portrays Shaquille O'Neal's only weakness as being at the free throw line (THE LIFE OF REILLY, March 12). In truth, if you watch Shaq, he displays little ability to shoot the ball. Shaq only has the slam dunk and the baby hook. If I were to play a game of horse with Shaq, I bet I'd beat him, though I've never played at a higher level than high school.
JOHN P. McCLAIN, Fontana, Calif.
The Walton Gang
I haven't always been the biggest fan of Walton, the player and broadcaster. I am, however, a big fan of his parenting approach and his four ongoing success stories. I bet Walton would agree that his success as a parent is much more fulfilling than winning any championship.
J. TAYLOR, Denton, Texas
Your article on Bill Walton and his basketball-playing sons was refreshing (My Three Sons, March 12). One thing that jumped out at me: the need for a yearly article on John Wooden. I don't think we could ever get enough of him.
MARC LEVINE, New York City
Not a Trick Shot
Shaq, it's time to start shooting foul shots underhanded the way Rick Barry (above) did. He made 90.9% of his free throws over a 10-year NBA career. No shame in it, just do it!
STEVE DeJOSEPH, Apex, N.C.