If the NBA wants to honor Michael Jordan, the shot clock should
be changed from 24 seconds to 23.
--KEVIN BURKE, Statesboro, Ga.
This is an article from the March 1, 1999 issue
ENCOMIUMS FOR MICHAEL
Congratulations to Jack McCallum for his article on Michael
Jordan's retirement (Indelible Impression, Jan. 25). The piece
was short and sweet and captured the career of one of the best
players that the NBA has seen. Jordan's absence will be felt in
the league for seasons to come.
SCOTT JACKSON, London, Ont.
It would be easy to remember Jordan simply as an incredibly
talented athlete who appeared to defy the law of gravity. He
should also be remembered, however, as a determined competitor
with an unparalleled work ethic, who did whatever it took to win.
DAVID OLSON, Los Angeles
IN SEARCH OF A SUCCESSOR
In the article Do It, for the Love of Mike (Jan. 25), Phil
Taylor listed several young players on whom the NBA can build
its future. Grant Hill deserved to be one of them. He should
have been listed higher than the greedy Shaquille O'Neal or the
troublesome Allen Iverson. Hill has skills on the court. More
important, he acts with integrity off it.
RYAN HATHAWAY, Ludington, Mich.
For the millions of us who are neither Bulls fans nor retail
merchandisers, Saint Michael's ascension merely generated a
shrug. He was a wonderful entertainer and an even better
marketing icon, but there are others who will fill those roles.
Let's move on. The next Best of All Time is right around the
J.C. WILSON, Los Angeles
COME AGAIN, ISIAH?
The article about the NBA in the post-Jordan era was on the
money. I had to laugh, though, at Isiah Thomas's statement that
"Jordan was the last of the gunslingers of the '80s. There was
Bird, Magic, me and Michael." Comical, simply comical. Perhaps
that's why he always had that smile on his face. Thomas is
delusional, putting himself on the level of, arguably, the three
greatest players of all time.
THOMAS MILLER, Newark
Most of my memories of Isiah are of him hitting players in the
back of the head during fights on the court.
BRIAN KING, Middleboro, Mass.
TUGGING ON HEARTSTRINGS
What a touching article by Rick Reilly on the related subjects
of losing one's mother and second chances (LIFE OF REILLY, Jan.
25). Fortunately, losing a mother is something we only have to
do once. For all of us who have already lost our moms, thanks
for the reminder and the tear, Rick.
JOHN SELZER, Overland Park, Kans.
What I thought was going to be a cute little piece of Super Bowl
hype ended up reaching deep inside to tug on my heartstrings. I
cannot imagine a more loving or appropriate tribute to the
mother of a sports columnist.
PETER KIKTA, Brazil, Ind.
While I was shocked by Judge Stephen Johnson's sentence of Mike
Tyson (SCORECARD, Feb. 15), at no point did I claim to you that
Montgomery County prosecutor Douglas Gansler reneged on a
pretrial agreement that would not send Mr. Tyson to jail. I
never alleged double-dealing or false intentions by the
prosecutor. I can only control what I say, not what outside
opinion says on this matter.
SHELLY FINKEL, New York City
Shelly Finkel Management
Boxing Adviser to Mike Tyson
--SI's account of Mr. Finkel's comments was based upon reports
of his statements that appeared in the press.--ED.
HE'S NOT EUROTRASH
I enjoyed your article about European goalies in the NHL
(European Vocation, Jan. 25). Unfortunately, you failed to
mention Olaf Kolzig, the Washington Capitals South African-born
netminder who has played for Germany in the Olympics. Kolzig has
proved himself one of the league's best at his position.
VIVEK RAO, Newton, Mass.