Carry on, Coop!
Having gone to school with Michael Cooper in second grade and having played basketball with him at Pasadena High School, I can readily vouch for the man's intensity. He was a fantastic athlete and team player.
I remember him best for his passing skills, because he hit me in the nose with the ball so many times when I wasn't expecting it. I don't remember Cooper showing-up opponents as much as he does now, but you have to admire his athletic ability and what a team player he truly is.
He makes everybody better.
DANIEL P. MALCHOW
Chula Vista, Calif.
COVER-ING DR. J
I thoroughly enjoyed your tribute to Julius Erving (Last Rounds for the Doctor, May 4). Like Gale Sayers. Lance Alworth and Muhammad Ali, Dr. J brought a grace to his sport.
Because Dr. J was relatively unsung during his college and ABA days. I bet he trails Kareem, Ali and Reggie in SI cover appearances. But how about a last look at those covers the Doctor has graced over the years?