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May 28, 2001
Lightning RodsThe story about Allen Iverson and Larry Brown of the 76ers moved me (Mama's Boys, April 23). The article transcends basketball because it promotes understanding between cultures.WENDELL SMITH, Providence
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May 28, 2001

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Lightning Rods
The story about Allen Iverson and Larry Brown of the 76ers moved me (Mama's Boys, April 23). The article transcends basketball because it promotes understanding between cultures.
WENDELL SMITH, Providence

Gary Smith's piece was as much an anthem for resolving differences worldwide as it was the story of Iverson and Brown. It's a beacon of hope for a world otherwise overwhelmed with intolerance, ignorance and prejudice.
TIMOTHY BUCKLEY, Maple Shade, N.J.

You should charge extra for every issue with a story by Gary Smith.
WILLIAM E. GREFFIN, Oak Park, Ill.

Your article made me a fan of both Iverson and Brown—the mothers, that is. I'm still not too fond of their sons.
JOHN RAPOPORT, White Plains, N.Y.

After seeing the photo of Brown on the Carolina Cougars' bench, I can't believe he could criticize Iverson's taste in clothing.
RON ANDERSON, Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Are we to laud Iverson for taking care of his family while his public behavior is that of someone who rejects authority figures? Are we to feel Brown's pain as he searches for the perfect place where everything is done the Right Way? Iverson, with his offensive rap lyrics, has alienated many fans who would admire his court skills. Brown has moved so often that we expect his tenure with any team to be short.
MICHAEL STOWE, El Paso

How beautiful, the immaculate conception of Iverson. Perhaps the Vatican let him borrow that cross he was wearing around his neck.
BOBBY REESE, Henderson, Nev.

Regarding your April 23 rd cover shot of Iverson, thanks for reminding me why I'm no longer a fan of the NBA.
RUSSELL WEEDEN, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

If someone were concocting an anti-NBA marketing campaign, there stands the poster boy.
CHRIS MATHISON, Miami

Fade to Black
As a Torontonian who has never been fond of Vancouver and the sorry Grizzlies franchise, I must admit that Steve Rushin's column (AIR AND SPACE, April 23) made me reconsider my sentiments. Clearly Vancouver deserves better than such a miserable team.
NATHAN KALMAN-LAMB, Toronto

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