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March 24, 2003
BryantballAs I neared the end of the article about Kobe Bryant's amazing scoring streak (Roll of a Lifetime, March 3), I was delighted to read that here was a young superstar who had just one child—and with his wife. Then I read Rick Reilly's column (THE LIFE OF REILLY, March 3) praising his work ethic, lifestyle and personality, and I got the idea that this young man is real. I'm just an old guy looking for a current sports hero to join the likes of Jackie Robinson, Roger Staubach and Jerry West in my personal hall of fame. Kobe could well be the one.SAM DOUGLAS COLUMBIA, S.C.
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March 24, 2003

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Bryantball
As I neared the end of the article about Kobe Bryant's amazing scoring streak (Roll of a Lifetime, March 3), I was delighted to read that here was a young superstar who had just one child—and with his wife. Then I read Rick Reilly's column (THE LIFE OF REILLY, March 3) praising his work ethic, lifestyle and personality, and I got the idea that this young man is real. I'm just an old guy looking for a current sports hero to join the likes of Jackie Robinson, Roger Staubach and Jerry West in my personal hall of fame. Kobe could well be the one.
SAM DOUGLAS COLUMBIA, S.C.

So Bryant averaged 42.4 points per game for 13 games? Wilt Chamberlain averaged 42.6 over four consecutive seasons.
ERIC SMITH LOS GATOS, Calif.

Reilly has forgotten how Kobe refused to play for any team but the perennially successful Lakers. When Michael Jordan was drafted by a team mired in a decadelong slump, he turned it into a dynasty.
MATT HOFMAN, Waupun, Wis.

Having been a Lakers fan for more than 30 years, I can tell you that Kobe will never be another MJ. And he will never be another Magic Johnson or Larry Bird. But if he chooses to play until he is 40, he will be one helluva Kobe Bryant! And that works fine for me.
RON JOHNSON, Sebring, Fla.

Thank you, Rick. For the past two years I've been telling my Celtics-loving, Lakers-hating friends that Kobe is better than Michael. However, I'm still building up the courage to tell them he's better than Larry ever was.
NOLAN H. TANOUS, E. Millinocket, Maine

Of course Jordan didn't have Bryant's statistics by age 24. He had spent three years winning in North Carolina. So if you want to compare Jordan in his prime with a young Bryant, then don't compare a three-year veteran with a seven-year one.
JESSE FERGUSON LINCOLN PARK, Mich.

Fashion Police
Had the umpire done his homework, Tony Gwynn would never have been ejected in his ninth game as coach at San Diego State (SCORECARD, March 3). He was ejected, according to umpire Ken Bayne, for being out of uniform. Apparently Bayne was not aware that the uniform jacket for SDSU was changed this year to black from last year's red.
JOAN ADASKIN, San Diego

Ratings Madness
Alexander Wolff's article (A Madness to the Method? March 3) is a fine chronicle of the raging ratings debate. Why not put politics and statistical head-banging aside, add two more rounds to the tournament and let all 327 Division I teams play?
JON REISCHEL, Mason, Ohio

I pray the RPI doesn't ruin college basketball the way the BCS has disgraced college football. What is so inherently difficult about finding a group of unbiased, intelligent people who can determine the at-large tournament teams without computer assistance? The RPI is simply a Really Pathetic Idea.
OWEN LOCKWOOD, Fairfield, Conn.

RPI is a small college in upstate New York. It should have stayed that way.
STEVEN CHAPPELL, North Syracuse, N.Y.

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