Thank you for putting George McGinnis on the cover of your Pro Basketball Issue (Oct. 27). He deserved the honor more than any other player, even Dr. J. And Jerry Kirshenbaum should be congratulated for his fine writing (Big City Country Boy). His article showed that McGinnis is indeed basketball's Superman. And off court he is mild-mannered Clark Kent.
George McGinnis will prove in the NBA exactly what he proved in the ABA: that he is without question the best forward in all of pro basketball.
PETER D. KIRLES
Congratulations, SI. I thought it would be impossible to find a writer as erroneously opinionated as Tex ( NFL) Maule, but you have found him in Jerry ( NBA much tougher than the ABA) Kirshenbaum. That one statement ruined an otherwise excellent article on George McGinnis.
WAYNE A. BRANNON, D.D.S.
UP, UP—OR AWAY?
The man who wrote in your pro basketball preview "The once-mighty Pacers will be back—probably back of everybody but Bill Musselman's San Diego Sails" is going to feel pretty foolish when Indiana wins the ABA title again this season.
As a New York Knick fan, I vehemently protest your prediction that the Knicks will endure another woeful season. I was also very upset over John Huehnergarth's accompanying illustration showing the Knicks being stepped on by the other three clubs in the Atlantic Division. The Knicks have now obtained the agile big man they sorely needed to catapult the club into the playoffs, Spencer Haywood.
?When the acquisition of Wilt Chamberlain seemed possible, SI and Huehnergarth re-estimated the Knicks' chances (see below). But at press time the deal had not been made and neither had the one with the Seattle SuperSonics for Spencer Haywood (The Fortune Cookie Smiled, Nov. 3).—ED.
You practically ignored one of the best and most exciting young players in the NBA. Where was Bob McAdoo, the man who won the scoring championship and was named Most Valuable Player just one season ago? And how could you pick the Buffalo Braves to finish behind the aging Celtics?
Grand Rapids, Mich.
It was gratifying to see that you gave the Golden State Warriors some of the recognition they have earned. A team that was underrated and berated all last season, the Warriors made a fantasy come true. Your pictures and commentary helped reflect the excitement and fun of a good team victory.
I can only hope the season measures up to the brilliance of Curry Kirkpatrick's introductory article.
West Lafayette, Ind.
You missed one (They're Having a Field Day, Oct. 27). You failed to mention probably the best college placekicker in the country. So far this season Carson Long of the University of Pittsburgh is 11 for 14 on field goals and 28 for" 28 on extra points, and he either holds or has already tied all Pitt records in placekicking.
Cherry Hill, N.J.