Jack McCallum believes (SCOUTING REPORTS, Oct. 29) Mike Finley, Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki are "a Big Three as good as any since Bird, Parish and McHale." Hmmm. I know the Bulls have fallen on hard times, but if memory serves, Jordan, Pippen and Grant were pretty impressive. Then again, Jordan, Pippen and Rodman also won three rings.
Alan Bloom, Valparaiso, Ind.
You ranked Allen Iverson, the reigning MVP, as the 13th-best player in the NBA, despite his extraordinary effort in leading the Sixers to the Finals last spring. The same issue had an article (Iverson vs. the Zone) on how the new defenses will affect Iverson. His play has helped change the rules but somehow hasn't changed your rating of him.
Mark Gilmer, Bloomington, Minn.
I just received my issue of JORDAN ILLUSTRATED and couldn't put it down, but I have one complaint: too many articles about sports other than Jordanball.
Rich Carrie, Oaklyn, N.J.
Ian Thomsen, I salute you ( Michael Jordan vs. the World)! Since the night Bob Costas and the referees missed the call, I've been waiting for a reputable journalist to argue that Jordan's shot over Bryon Russell was, as Thomsen writes, "preceded by an obvious foul. If anyone of lesser stature had shoved Russell aside as blatantly as Jordan did, we all would have chuckled at his audacity." Anyone who calls himself a fan knows that Jordan was granted diplomatic immunity on the court.
Max Heinegg, Boston
I appreciate that you rank all the NBA players from one to 348; I just wish you'd published the complete list. Given that the full ranking is advertised on the cover, I was disappointed to find the ratings for only 290 players in the magazine.
Dave Ellis, Evansville, Ind.
?As noted on page 117, the complete list of PVRs appears on CNNSI.com.—Ed.
You ask, Does Shaq get away with murder in the paint ( Shaq vs. the Refs, Oct. 29)? The answer is simple—yes. Granted, no player gets fouled harder or more often than Shaq, but no player in the NBA commits more fouls than Shaq either.
Kris Frank, Chico, Calif.
If the game were as it is supposed to be, the league would be more fun to watch, but it's a "show," so the referees protect the marquee players. We all know it isn't right, but that's the way it is.
Art Luttrell, Kokomo, Ind.
Shaquille O'Neal is a football lineman on a basketball court. The NBA and its officials need to act soon, before pads become part of the game.
Hugh Spurway, Norwell, Mass.
Defending Middle Earth
How is it possible that Dr. Z did not include the great Eagle Chuck Bednarik on his list of the best middle linebackers (The Greatest Ever, Oct. 29)? Sixty Minute Charley played offensive center and middle linebacker with equal ferocity in a long and distinguished career.
Jules Slatko, Holland, Pa.