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Rick Bueti, Chappaqua, N.Y.
The cover story should have been about the Lakers team winning this year's title instead of Kobe's challenges in winning next year's title (Dynasty: Beginning or Ending?). Sadly, this story minimizes the difficulty a team faces in winning a pro championship and robs players like Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol and Derek Fisher of much-deserved recognition for a job well done.
Mike Vinson, Dallas
I understand the need to focus on the Lakers as the NBA champions, but you should have acknowledged Boston's accomplishments during these playoffs as well. The Celtics had a remarkable run, defeating three teams with superstars and two with better regular-season records, and taking the Lakers all the way to the fourth quarter of the seventh game of the Finals.
I enjoyed Leigh Montville's essay on Manute Bol's remarkable journey through life (SCORECARD, June 28). Of course he blocked a ton of shots, but I'll never forget the way the Oakland Coliseum erupted when Bol made three-pointers for the Warriors. I once saw him hit two or three to bury Clyde Drexler's Trail Blazers. He always looked like he was having fun, and he sure was fun to watch.
Dave Evans, Glen Ellyn, Ill.