April 07, 1997
April 07, 1997

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April 7, 1997

Faces In The Crowd


Besides being the only team in the league that is always
interesting to watch, the Bulls elevate the play of their
JANICE NOLAND, Ventura, Calif.

This is an article from the April 7, 1997 issue Original Layout


The Bulls are the perfect example of what an NBA team should be
(A Cut Above, March 10). They have a coach who is in charge, and
players who are paid huge amounts only after they prove what
they can accomplish and who stay together to win rings instead
of scattering for more money elsewhere.
MATT VERONIE, South Holland, Ill.

I would rather see Michael Jordan run the show and score 40
points than watch four guys each get 10. We should enjoy Jordan
while he is still around.
GUY MILLETTE, Orleans, Ont.

Danny Ainge is wrong. People do dislike Michael Jordan. I find
it sickening to watch him harass referees every time a call is
against him.

Jordan is gifted physically and has a superstar's knack for
making crucial shots most of the time. But if you compare him
with other perennial All-Star guards, you'll find he is not that
super, except at dunking. Oscar Robertson rarely dunked and
still maintained a nearly 50% shooting percentage. Jordan's
accuracy and shot selection outside 12 inches make him an
average guard. Mere mortals would be benched for some of the
forced efforts for which he is applauded.
MAC MCHALFFEY, Kenosha, Wis.

The Bulls are not the problem with the NBA. The problem is the
other teams that spend a fortune to sign one talented young
player to lift ticket sales instead of spending their money to
put together a nucleus of players who can win together. These
teams have to realize that the only way to lift ticket sales is
to start winning.
DOM MAZZA, West Long Branch, N.J.

The real problem with the NBA is expansion. It's diluting the
quality of play; there are not enough good players to go around.
Great teams should be measured by the strength of their
opposition, and lack of strong opposition will dog the Bulls'
claim as the best ever. The real question is not are the Bulls
too good for the NBA, but are half of the teams in the league
too weak?
FRANK SEAVER, College Park, Ga.

I think watching a Bulls game is Dullsville. You know what the
outcome will be even before the game starts.


Sugar Ray Leonard couldn't have chosen a worse comeback opponent
than Hector Camacho (One More Shot, March 3). Viewing Camacho as
"safe" in light of his performance against Roberto Duran is
incomprehensible. Macho has never looked good against sluggers.
His forte has always been outboxing fellow technicians, like
Sugar. Leonard didn't need the money. He was driven by the
supreme confidence inherent to all great fighters. That he has
mocked his legacy so close to his International Boxing Hall of
Fame induction is sad.
JOHN BAROUGH Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Where is Hector Camacho in your story? All I saw was Leonard,
the legend of Leonard. Camacho is also a legend, a two-time
world champ with a 64-3-1 record. He proved that Sugar Ray is
nothing but a washed-up 40-year-old.
PAUL BONDE, Palos Verdes, Calif.


Earl Woods is turning the boyhood home of his son Tiger into a
historical monument "to preserve what Tiger has accomplished for
history" (Scorecard, March 3)? How pretentious. While Tiger has
won a couple of tournaments, he has yet to win a major. With all
the good that he is bringing to the young black community, this
action will cause unnecessary dissension and criticism. I don't
mean to downgrade Tiger professionally or personally. I just
want him to keep his head on straight so that someday he will
warrant a museum.
BRENT G. WOLMER, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

The Lincoln bedroom at the White House is a bit over my budget,
but maybe I could sleep in Tiger's California bedroom for, say,

COLOR PHOTO: JOHN BIEVER To some fans, the Bulls' rivals seem invisible.[Dennis Rodman, Michael Jordan and Toni Kukoc in game]