In your Nov. 15 issue, Peter Carry wrote an article naming the Milwaukee Bucks "The Best Team—Ever." I am sure that Mr. Carry must have some doubts about that now.
Most people will agree that the Boston Celtics led by Bill Russell were the most consistent and dominating team ever assembled over the years. However, the Los Angeles Lakers, not the Bucks or the Celtics, showed the basketball world that they were the greatest team ever put together for one season. The records fell before the Sharman Machine Quintet. Never before has any basketball team dominated the game the way the Lakers did this season. It makes our 12 years of waiting all worthwhile.
For the record, what was the Lakers' Dominance Index?
DENNIS M. CHODOROW
Canoga Park, Calif.
?Despite a winning percentage of .841, the highest ever, the 1971-72 Lakers earned a Dominance Index (based on their average winning margin compared with the average margin of the second-best team of the season) of only 111%. The 1970-71 Bucks' Dl rating was 235%, and the 1964-65 Celtics still dominate the list with 277%.—ED.
Besides being the main factor behind the success of the Lakers, the winningest team ever and holder of eight modern NBA records, Wilt Chamberlain also dominated Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the last two playoff games of the series between Milwaukee and L.A. Wilt Chamberlain, not Jabbar, Bill Russell or Nate Thurmond, deserves the title of the greatest and most dominant player the game has ever known.
Alter viewing the continued unsportsmanlike tactics of the Boston Bruins in the first three games of the Stanley Cup finals, I can only say that they are not a team of which hockey can be proud. Indeed, the Bruins are a talented, overpowering team, but when championships are won through such blatant acts as attempting to deliberately injure opposing players, I believe a great deal has been lost. True, good guys don't always win, but at least in the world of sports we fans would like to be able to take pride in our champions.
Am I a Bruin hater? No, they used to be my favorite team. Let me just say that I am disappointed and ashamed of their conceited and disrespectful attitude toward the Rangers and toward the rest of the NHL.
The Bruins were sickening in their conduct on Thursday night (May 4); on Sunday (May 7) they were merely disgusting. Bruce Hood should be commended for his stand on Sunday's mayhem, but John (See No Evil) Ashley should be farmed out for his attitude on Thursday night. I can see his point in wanting to get the game over, but a forfeit would have been more proper than his total disregard of the Bruins' tactics.
The simple answer to the problems of the officials is to let the linesmen call penalties, too. But it will take three or four years for the leaders of this "progressive" league to adopt the idea, if they do at all.
Professional hockey will continue to grow, but the actions of teams like Boston put a damper on the spirit of the sport. I think it is about time someone laid it on the line.
La Porte, Ind.