Reading Lee Jenkins's story on Rajon Rondo was like tracking a maniacal basketball genius. Rondo's approach to the game and his abilities as a point guard are a sight to behold. While some may think the Celtics are winning in Rondo's absence because they feel unshackled from his dominance on the court, I think it is more a testament to the knowledge he passed on to them.
This is an article from the March 11, 2013 issue
Daniel Feigin, New York City
Out of His League
I do not understand the idea behind Fox's putting Gus Johnson at a microphone to call Champions League soccer (SCORECARD). Johnson admittedly knows next to nothing about the sport—about the rich history of the teams in international soccer or about their players. His brash, NBA style of play-by-play sounds awful and simply does not fit the bill.
Mike Pfeiffer, Bethlehem, Pa.
Worse Coming to Worst
While I thought your use of movie titles to illustrate the Lakers' dire situation (Chaos Theory) was clever and interesting, a more appropriate title could have been extracted from an album by the comedy troupe Firesign Theatre: Everything You Know Is Wrong.
George W. Harris, Agoura Hills, Calif.
As Good As It Gets
Phil Taylor's column on Michael Vick (POINT AFTER) was spot-on. Vick has played quarterback in the NFL for 10 seasons, yet football experts talk about his potential as if he were still a rookie. How many times do we have to hear that he would be very effective if he could just get in the right system? The truth is, a player who has played as long as Vick has already shown who he is and what he is capable of. When the rushing option was taken away from Vick, he needed to throw the ball accurately, which he could not do.
John Ehrmann, Atlanta
While I loved Tom Verducci's article on Bryce Harper (Washington's Monument), I think he should have expounded more on Harper's amazing throwing arm. I've seen Harper play centerfield in 10 games for the Nationals' organization (four in the minors and six in the majors), and in those games he threw out at least four runners at home. Maybe Washington is downplaying his arm strength because it wants opponents to keep challenging him. Nevertheless, the kid has a cannon.
Gary Knight, Solomons, Md.
E-mail SI at letters@SI.timeinc.com or fax SI at 212-467-2417. Letters should include the writer's full name, address and home telephone number and may be edited for clarity and space.
Customer Service and Subscriptions
For 24/7 service, go to SI.com/customerservice. Call 1-800-528-5000 or write to SI at P.O. Box 30602, Tampa, FL 33630-0602. To purchase reprints of SI covers, go to SIcovers.com.
For ad rates, an editorial calendar or a media kit, e-mail SI at SIpubqueries@timeinc.com.
Do you think LeBron James should accept Magic Johnson's offer of $1 million to participate in the Slam Dunk Contest?
Clark Carlson No. Who cares about a silly dunk contest? Did anyone see LeBron's effort in the second half of Sunday's game between the Heat and the Knicks? That's what he gets paid to do: win games. Let someone who needs the million bucks compete in the dunk contest.
Marty F. Nemec I recognize that LeBron has the most to lose if he participates and doesn't win. Still, I think he is one of the few players who could not only revive the dunk contest but also raise it to new heights.
Matt Weaver He should do it! He has thrown down better dunks in the layup line than all of this year's dunk contest participants combined.
David Longworth He shouldn't accept, not unless he wants to appear greedy, like someone whose only interest is money. I would rather he choose to participate on his own.
Daniel Lechman If guys like Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins and Dr. J thought the dunk contest worthy, LeBron should do it at least once.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
"#Yankees G.M. [Brian] Cashman breaking his ankle skydiving must be the injury equivalent to a guy gaining sympathy weight when his wife's preggers."
BONNIE BERNSTEIN (@BONNIEBERNSTEIN)