I would like to set the record straight concerning our athletic shoe firm, L.A. Gear (SCORECARD, Oct. 29). L.A. Gear is the fastest growing of the major athletic shoe companies: Our sales grew 40% during the third quarter of 1990 in a most difficult environment. Sports agent Leonard Armato is a big factor behind our success, particularly in the men's performance market. What others call "conflict of interest," we call synergy. Houston Rocket Akeem Olajuwon asked Armato to represent him for the same reason as L.A. Gear did—his extraordinary knowledge of and respect in the sports industry.