With the Red Sox, the Patriots and now the Celtics (Extreme Makeover, Oct. 29) each gracing the cover of your magazine in October, I feel like I am subscribing to Boston Sports Weekly instead of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. Unfortunately for those of us fans in the rest of the country, all three teams deserved the recognition.
Jeff Appelgate, Prosser, Wash.
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Ian Thomsen and the rest of the basketball world are declaring that the Boston Celtics are the Beasts of the East. But Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce are all out of their primes; I'm not ready to jump on the bandwagon just yet.
Ben Briggs, Mount Laurel, N.J.
Leaving Kobe Bryant off your preseason picks for first or second All-NBA teams (5-Minute Guide, Oct. 29) is like leaving Babe Ruth out of the Baseball Encyclopedia.
David Fuchs, Charlotte
In your Bobcats preview a scout says that point guard Raymond Felton is "a little slow." Compared to what? A cheetah?
Matt Young, Charlotte
Measure for Measure
In your listing of the best players at each height (Alltime, All-Size All-Stars, Oct. 29), along with as many as three runners-up, you have a glaring hole at 5' 4": Shawnta Rogers. In 1998--99 the former George Washington star beat out Lamar Odom and James Posey to become the Atlantic 10 player of the year.
Mark Davidson, Pittsburgh
Allen Iverson, Sheryl Swoopes, Tim Hard-away and Louie Dampier? I'd take 6-foot All-America and four-time All-Star Mark Price any night.
Eric Goodman, Mayfield Village, Ohio