For a long time I have enjoyed your excellent writer Curry Kirkpatrick and his articles on college basketball. His most recent, on UCLA (Who Are These Guys? Feb. 5), was the finest I have ever read. I am also glad to see both Mr. Kirkpatrick and your magazine among the few who recognize what a truly outstanding coach and man John Wooden is.
Sixty-one wins in a row, hah! Give John Wooden a real schedule. Give UCLA seven Atlantic Coast Conference games away from home. Send them to Chapel Hill, Raleigh, College Park, Durham, etc. Bring the Bruins to the ACC tournament. We'll match Tom McMillen or Tom Burleson against Bill Walton any day.
Curry Kirkpatrick's article was most interesting and entertaining. It's good to get the statistics, but it's equally good and important to get to know the real people.
As a 19-year-old college student at a big state university, I find Curry Kirkpatrick's portrayal of Bill Walton rather interesting. It is amusing in that Walton sounds like a typical college kid right off a television script destined for a new relevant show. It is also distressing that this "fun-loving teddy bear," so vehemently anti-war, will justify race war and murder. Add to these Walton's analysis of all people over 35, and a striking lack of maturity shows through.
I was upset by the article. You mentioned Keith Wilkes as a baby-faced, quiet, smooth and graceful junior forward. You also mentioned that Keith "will never receive the individual attention he deserves while playing at UCLA."
May I remind you that Keith is the second leading scorer on the nation's No. 1 team? If he doesn't get the attention he deserves it is because sportswriters like Curry Kirkpatrick don't give it to him.
Your reference to the "attitudes and outlook" of East Chicago, Ind., Pete Trgovich's hometown, is insidious. Honest reporting would dictate a clear definition of your interpretation of the attitudes and outlook of that area. Pete is also treated in a shabby manner. He is described as a "lank, bony ugly duckling." But Walton is "fun-loving, sincere, open-minded"; Curtis is "bright and articulate"; Wilkes is "intelligent"; Farmer is an "upstanding citizen," etc. It's a low blow to an unsuspecting young man.
As a spectator at the Notre Dame- UCLA game, I'd like to set the record straight on hatchets and reprimands. First, Pete Crotty needed to use karate as Walton "slugged and pushed back" and Farmer "opened up [Crotty's] nose with an elbow." Second, I suggest John Wooden read his own book more often and learn to reprimand his players when it is warranted. The antics of Larry Hollyfield on and off the court were bush in every sense of the word. C'mon, Curry, it takes two to fight a war.
Notre Dame, Ind.
It was good to see Peter Carry give recognition to the two best basketball teams in the NBA (Oh, the Knicks Have the Knack, Feb. 5). Some people are just now beginning to believe that the Celtics are for real. Boston has the most exciting team in the league and New Englanders are showing their appreciation. The Celtics and the Knicks both have beaten Los Angeles and Milwaukee in games this year, which leads many people to believe that the NBA championship will be decided in a Knicks-Celtics playoff series this spring. We Boston fans know that this will be the first of many seasons in which the Celtics will be strong contenders for the title.
The Celtics may have the better record, but the Knicks, because of their experience, will be the team to beat come playoff time.
CHRIS D' ANGELO