Letters

February 22, 2010

As an Asian-American and former high school basketball player, I am saddened that racism directed toward Asian-Americans in the sports arena persists. I am glad you were able to highlight, through Jeremy Lin, how people don't often fit into the stereotypical packages in which others place them. I hope Lin continues to be underestimated all the way to the NBA.

Michael Pai, Lake Oswego, Ore.

In this era of one and done, it was refreshing to read about a true student-athlete (Harvard School of Basketball, Feb. 1). Jeremy Lin is a worthy role model, and he can play the game too.

Don Harrison, Fairfield, Conn.

As a former Cameron Crazy, I get that college basketball's sixth man is supposed to make life hard for visiting opponents. But taunting a player's ethnicity needs to be off-limits, especially considering the disproportionate number of Asian-Americans on college campuses compared with their general invisibility in college sports.

Jonathan Tran, Waco, Texas

Staying Power

Yes, Tim Duncan's consistent and stoic greatness is overlooked (SCORECARD, Feb. 1), but because his physical advantage is based on his lengthy wingspan and not his leaping ability, Father Time will have less of an effect on his game as he ages. The reports of the Spurs' championship window closing anytime soon have been greatly exaggerated.

Dennis Brian Caulfield

New York City

If Duncan is one of the 10 best NBA players of all time, then whom would writer Joe Posnanski take off this list: Abdul-Jabbar, Baylor, Bird, Chamberlain, Erving, Jordan, Magic, Robertson, Russell or West? Maybe there should be 11 players in the top 10.

Carl McCullough, Trinity, Fla.

Magical Season

Thanks for putting Drew Brees on your cover (Big Easy Does It, Feb. 1). New Orleans voodoo can certainly neutralize any jinx.

Roger Waggoner

Lafayette, La.

A Diehard

As a Pirates fan who has endured 17 consecutive summers of discontent, I was pleasantly surprised to see your feature on pitcher Ross Ohlendorf (A Breed Apart, Feb. 1). Thanks for reminding your readers that there still is a sports team in Pittsburgh between the end of the Penguins' playoff run and the beginning of the Steelers' training camp.

Butch Maier, Akron

Help for Hearts

I would like to commend SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and writer David Epstein (SCORECARD, Feb. 1) for the excellent and informative article on athletes with heart conditions who continue to participate in sports after receiving an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). However, as the principal investigator of the ICD Sports Registry, I wish to clarify the goals of the registry, which may have been distorted by a partial quotation that was highlighted in the presentation of the article.

The research study's goal is to identify athletes with ICDs who have made the decision to participate in sports, and follow them prospectively for two to four years to determine the safety of sports activity for such athletes. As a research study whose function is the collection of data, the ICD Sports Registry (icdsports.org) does not issue recommendations.

Rachel Lampert, M.D.

New Haven, Conn.

Rare Breed

Thank you for the inspirational piece on the Lamoureux family (House of Hockey, Feb. 1). After reading Gary Smith's story, I'm paying attention to hockey scores at all levels of play, hoping to catch the name Lamoureux. With kids like this representing the U.S., who wouldn't be proud?

Nathan Woods, Amarillo, Texas

Success Story

Regarding the dominance of the Connecticut women's basketball program (POINT AFTER, Feb. 1), all NCAA teams have the opportunity to recruit the players who wind up at UConn. The Huskies signed only one high school All-America last year. Where did all the others go? At UConn egos are checked at the door. Coach Geno Auriemma expects the best out of his players, and he gets it.

Paul DiPietro, Wolcott, Conn.

Correction

A letter about Gilbert Arenas (POINT AFTER, Jan. 18) in the Feb. 8 issue was submitted under the wrong name. The actual writer was Brad Kearns of Auburn, Calif.

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