In your article about UCLA's seventh consecutive national championship (A Slight Case of Being Superhuman, April 2) little was mentioned about the other fine Bruin players. I agree that Bill Walton is a great college basketball player, but it takes five to play the game. And Walton is no superhuman. First, he should learn to be a man. Sure he scored 44 points and pulled down countless rebounds, but when some calls of goaltending or fouls on him were made, he yelled, almost cried and nearly threw a fit. He's doing the right thing by staying in college another year for seasoning because who knows what will happen when he gets into the pros and has to play people his own size and a little bit tougher, like Chamberlain, Cowens, Abdul-Jabbar and Thurmond?
Will you please pass along to Artist Robert Handville my congratulations on his pictures? When I watched Memphis State I was intrigued by the eyes of Larry Finch. Then to see the expression so graphically portrayed—something so indefinable—was fantastic.
All week long I saw visions of those incredibly clear color photographs that would be taken at the Bill Walton Show. I anticipated seeing beautiful prints of a Greg Lee pass to Walton or maybe Larry Finch grinning at the free-throw line, or a pompon girl, or even a pompon. I might even have settled for a black and white closeup of Curt Gowdy! What happened?
I'm not attacking the work of Mr. Handville, just the decision to exchange the glossies for the canvas.
Walton's Gang won the tournament, but Memphis State's Larry Finch had to win the hearts of all who watched. Besides being a tremendous ballplayer, Larry Finch is what life is all about. When Walton went down and Finch embraced him, he showed a spirit of sportsmanship not often seen in a tense tournament game. Larry Finch is a credit to his team, his school and all the athletes in the world.
DONALD A. DUFFY JR.
The only way to make the NCAA basketball finals a contest again is to ban the champion from the playoffs the next year.
FRANK N. PIERCE
In retrospect it appears that your selection of John Wooden as Sportsman of the Year was extremely apropos.
Beverly Hills, Calif.
GREAT WHITE CENTER
Thank you, Peter Carry. Dave Cowens (
Boston's Perpetual Motion Machine, April 2) is certainly the first great White Center in the NBA. Recently, while departing from a Celtic-Hawk game, I spotted Cowens being followed by an assortment of basketball freaks and Cowens admirers. I called out to him that our car had broken down and asked if he knew of any good mechanics in the area. Well, Dave Cowens, who the day before had been selected as the MVP in the NBA, explained that he wasn't sure that he could fix it without any tools. He was about to open the hood of our car when we explained that we were only kidding and thanked him for his concern. That is Dave Cowens, the best "head butter" in the NBA.
MARK A. SOUTHWORTH
Dave Cowens deserves the award he has just received, the MVP of the National Basketball Association. Now all we are waiting for is Celtic Coach Tom Heinsohn to bring home Coach of the Year honors and the Celtics to land the NBA championship.
In the selfish, greedy, dollar-oriented world of professional sports, where a man's salary and what he does with it seem more important than his field-goal percentage or batting average, it does my heart much good to hear of a gifted athlete who longs for the simpler things in life and manages to achieve them.