I am more interested in David Stern than in watching his product (The World According to David Stern, Nov. 6). After reading Jack McCallum's persuasive piece on Stern's leadership qualities, it is not hard to understand how Stern has been able to successfully lead his employees for 22 years. The commissioner's more than $10 million salary is a bargain.
Patrick Hood, Smyrna, Ga.
Your cover says DAVID STERN NEVER SLEEPS. Perhaps the commissioner would care to catch up on his z's by tuning in to an NBA telecast. The one I just watched took nearly three hours for a nonovertime, regular-season game.
Larry Kovac, Erie, Pa.
Two pages of text reflecting on the death of Arnold Jacob Auerbach (Nov. 6) and seven about David Stern? If it weren't for Red, there would be no Dave.
Carl Stone, Wheatfield, N.Y.
In 1953, when I was 15, I attended Bob Cousy's summer basketball camp in New Hampshire. A week later we were joined by some high school players who had just spent time at Auerbach's camp in Rhode Island. Hoping to pick up some invaluable pointers on dribbling techniques or how to launch a jump shot, I asked what they had learned under the Celtics' coach. "He taught us how to grab the waistband of an opposing player's shorts when guarding from behind and not get caught" was the response. After that, when I heard stories about Red's "Do anything to win" approach, it was easy to believe every word.
Anthony W. Hawthorne, Berkeley, Calif.
A thumbs up to Peter Read Miller for his photo of Peyton Manning in the Nov. 6 LINEUP. I'm not a Colts fan or a Manning fan, but one name came to mind when I turned to that page: John Unitas. Miller caught Manning in a timeless QB pose.
Jeff Thacker, Boston
Rick Reilly's column on Ben Roethlisberger's deal with the devil was absolutely, satanically, brilliant (LIFE OF REILLY, Nov. 6). I could smell the sulphur and feel the prick of the psychic pitchfork. Poor Ben.
Gene Cubbison, San Diego