You are now the leading purveyors of the LeBron James media frenzy (You Gotta Carry That Weight, Oct. 27). Enough. Isn't it possible that you are backing the wrong horse? My money is on Carmelo Anthony of the lowly Denver Nuggets, who, while only a freshman, led Syracuse to the NCAA title and whose team defeated James's Cavaliers in their first meeting. That year of experience at the highest level of college competition should serve Anthony well. In addition to all his basketball tools, he also has an infectious smile.
BLAIR MCFARLANE, Leesburg, Fla.
What a cop-out to put LeBron in a pose that obscures his tattoos. Are you scared you'll offend the same subscribers who were outraged by the photos of a tatstrewn Allen Iverson (Mama's Boys, April 23, 2001)? The basketball gods of the '80s—Dr. J, Magic and Bird—are gone. Let the stars of today be who they are.
RYAN SCHRINER, Chicago
...And Old Pros
I got a big laugh out of your story on Scottie Pippen's return to the Chicago Bulls (How To: Leave on Your Own Terms, Oct. 27). He said, "My job is to show them how to be professionals and get them to play hard every night." This was coming from a guy who signed a contract and men cried for three years about management's not wanting to renegotiate it. Then there was that infamous playoff game in which, when the final play was drawn up and he wasn't the person designated to take the last shot, he suddenly refused to go onto the floor. What exactly does he think he can teach the younger Bulls players? How to whine? How to bellyache?
RONALD YOHN Mishawaka, Ind.
I was intrigued by the photo of the Los Angeles Lakers' Gary Payton on page 101 of the NBA Preview Issue (SCOUTING REPORTS, Oct. 27). The photo is meant to lionize Payton, yet it clearly shows him hooking the defender with his left arm. Thanks for demonstrating the disparity between the rules in the book and the rules on the floor of an NBA game.
KEVIN KINCARE, Lansing, Mich.
It is apparent from the SCORECARD (Oct. 27) note on freediver Francisco Ferreras that the lessons of his wife's death have gone unlearned (The Rapture of the Deep, June 16). His arrogant disregard for basic safety procedures and checks has lost him another associate, but at least this one didn't the and the life that was put at risk was Ferreras's own.
WILLIAM C. MCDILL, Novato, Calif.
I thoroughly enjoyed Rick Reilly's piece on the American GI's Field Afar in Iraq (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Oct. 27). But why are these brave men—who are risking their lives for us—forced to play baseball, their only real escape from the atrocities of war, with almost laughable equipment? They don't have a baseball, for Pete's sake! Can't MLB, or anybody else, afford to donate a few balls and a bat or two to these guys? I'm only 13, so I can't do much about it myself, but how can we let this happen?
RAY BOHUSLAV, San Antonio
?Various ways to contribute to U.S. servicemen's and women's quality of life while they serve overseas can be found on the Department of Defense's website: http://www.defenselink.mil/faq/. —ED.
Et tu, Reilly? Caesar's words sprang to mind as I reeled from Reilly's stab through my heart when he turned a story of American servicemen's spirit into another blast at the Bush Administration's foreign policy. Why'd ya do it, Rick? You can't figure out how the war started? Maybe the Iraqi athletes who enjoyed Uday Hussein's unique form of motivation (Son of Saddam, March 24) can fill you in.
SUZIE REYNOLDS, Sutter Creek, Calif.
Al Michaels certainly merited inclusion in your WHO & WHERE in Hawaii sports (Sports in America, Oct. 27), but another broadcaster who deserved mention and didn't get it was Harry Kalas. He's been broadcasting Phillies games for 32 years; in 2002 he was honored with the Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award; and he is the voice of NFL Films. After being stationed in Hawaii for two years while in the Army, Kalas got his start in the 1960s as sports director for KGU radio in Honolulu, announcing games for the University of Hawaii and the Hawaii Islanders of the Pacific Coast League.
JAMES URATANI, San Jose
How could you overlook West Virginia's Quincy Wilson in your list of prominent sons of NFL fathers (INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL, Oct, 27)? Aside from turning in a spectacular touchdown run against then second-ranked Miami and 178 yards against then third-ranked Virginia Tech, Wilson—the son of former Chicago Bears linebacker Otis Wilson-is among the nation's leaders in rushing (No, 14 with 113.11 yards per game).
JON HAMMOND, New York City