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Winning NBA titles is all about defense. SI picked the Celtics to win the NBA title (Scouting Reports, Oct. 26), but what Ron Artest brings to the Lakers all but guarantees them a repeat championship. The key to winning a title this year is stopping great small forwards he will cover: Carmelo Anthony and Richard Jefferson in the West, and Paul Pierce, LeBron James and Vince Carter in the East.
Clyde W. Froehlich
Basketball instructor Idan Ravin is successful at what he does (The Hoops Whisperer, Oct. 26) because he is an intuitive teacher. He made the simple yet elegant statement, "And it's not incumbent on them to understand me; it's up to me to understand them." Were that the mantra of every teacher and coach, we'd be better serving our students.
Ken Wallace, Park Ridge, Ill.
Ravin can serenade LeBron James all he wishes in comparing James's talent with Kobe Bryant's. The fact is, if both players were six inches shorter, Kobe would still be a world-class player and LeBron would be on Jay-Z's security detail.
Dave Childers, Dubois, Ind.
Brett's Path to Purple
There is no doubt that Brett Favre can still play the game (Forty and Flingin', Oct. 26). But there can also be no denying that he engineered his own free agency—something a lot of players would love to do to get on a championship-caliber team such as Minnesota. He is a great player but a very spoiled sport.