? SI erred. The Juventus players shown in the picture on page 29 of the June 10 issue are (left to right) Antonio Cabrini, Gaetano Scirea and Massimo Briaschi.—ED.
It's great seeing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar back in the spotlight again. He sure looks good on the cover (June 10 and 17).
Nearly 20 years ago when, as Lew Alcindor, he was making national headlines as a UCLA freshman, his Laker teammate Byron Scott was four years old, and Larry Bird was nine. Nowadays, Abdul-Jabbar's skyhook is still as graceful and unstoppable as ever. His long, brilliant career speaks for itself. Hooray for Kareem!
New York City
So much for the fabled jinxes—your cover's and Boston's.
Kareem is great at 38, but what about the other Great One? Didn't Wayne Gretzky and his Oilers deserve a cover?
In the June 10 issue a reader wrote: "Ugh. A football cover on Memorial Day weekend. Down with the USFL." I say: "Ugh. A basketball cover in June. Down with the NBA."
DICK AND TOMMY
Finally someone else sees CBS's presentation of the NBA finals the way I do (TV/RADIO, June 10). Dick Stockton is so incredibly nice he makes Mr. Rogers seem like Hulk Hogan. He is, though, a welcome change from the likes of Hubie Brown, who was so anti- Celtic that it was unbelievable.
As for Tommy Heinsohn, it is beyond me how anyone with that little knowledge of the English language can get through life, let alone get a job as an announcer with one of the three major networks.
So William Taaffe thinks that Tommy Heinsohn is in danger of fouling out? Not as far as this viewer is concerned! When I want good grammar, I turn to Edwin Newman. When I want to relax and enjoy, I turn on the NBA playoffs.
Sure, Heinsohn may not always look that good "going to the hoop," to borrow an expression from Taaffe. But like the good old Celtic that he is, he certainly gets the job done. In fact, he and Dick Stockton make a great team. And in Game 2 of the finals, when Tommy burst out with "This series is gonna be a ton of fun!" he hit the nail on the head!
New Haven, Conn.