In your article
on Garnett's joining Ray Allen and Paul Pierce on the Celtics, you pointed out
that no team with three players averaging 20 points each has ever won an NBA
title, but three such teams did make it to the NBA Finals. Here's a closer call
in my book: the 1982-83 Sixers, who won an NBA title with Moses Malone
averaging 24.5 points, Julius Erving averaging 21.4 points and Andrew Toney
averaging 19.7 points-missing your benchmark by a mere .3 of a point.
Let me assure
your national audience that "many in Bozeman" do not share resident
Ashley Kroon's xenophobic message expressed in George Dohrmann's story about
out-of-state athletes who have committed crimes since coming to Montana State
(Trouble in Paradise, Aug. 13). Though the crimes and the graduation rates
among MSU's athletes are deplorable, these kinds of problems are shared by many
athletic departments (rural or otherwise) throughout the nation. I hope that we
can keep MSU's problems from degrading solely into a matter of race, and use
this story as a wake-up call to restore accountability in college
To clarify my
views: The recent rash of crime in Bozeman linked to MSU athletes is not a
problem of race. This is about how crime has increased as a result of
recruitment practices. I never said that Bozeman would be better off without
black, urban athletes. I said Bozeman would be better off without criminals
with prior histories who came to MSU on full-ride scholarships.
Ashley N. Kroon,
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