It might be asking too much of three men—all under the age of 25—to save a professional sports league, but I wouldn't put it past Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (Generation Now, Oct. 23). As the superb article by Chris Ballard detailed, these three guys cut across almost any social or geographical boundary. Let's leave the legacy questions alone until they're finished playing and for now just enjoy the ride.
Richard Slate, Beverly, Mass.
One of the great things about D-Wade, LeBron, and Melo—as Generation Now notes—is that they all like each other and are great friends. In an earlier generation Dr. J, Bird, Magic and MJ all went to war with each other, sometimes almost leading to fights. I don't think you can call these three young guys rivals until they start to hate each other, just a little bit.
Adam Strauss, Elkins Park, Pa.
The NBA needs about 100 more players like Carmelo, LeBron and Dwyane.
Rick DellaRusso, Darien, Conn.
I find it interesting that Fastball (Oct. 23), about the speedy young guards changing the way basketball is played, did not feature Tony Parker of the Spurs. Not only is he just 24 years old—younger than Kirk Hinrich—but he's assumed the go-to-guy role on the team and he's already two rings up on all of the players mentioned. I guess I'm just another Spurs fan who feels his guys never get the credit they deserve.
Abe Novy, San Antonio
Go Figure (SCORECARD, Oct. 23) says that only three coaches have defeated all 32 NFL teams. I think it's more remarkable that Bill Cowher has defeated 31 teams while coaching one franchise.
Corey Dickerson, Danville, Va.
Steve Rushin's Boyz in Da Hoodie (AIR AND SPACE, Oct. 23) was really on the mark. My wife at long last understands why I stopped her from throwing away my favorite sweatshirt: an old, frayed-at-the-hems SPORTS ILLUSTRATED XXL garment I received from y'all years ago as a reward for renewing my subscription.
Tom Dodson, Colorado Springs