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It's refreshing to see how Tim Duncan has kept things in perspective throughout his career. He quietly spends his free time with his wife and kids rather than living his life in the public eye, and he keeps his focus on continuing to be an elite basketball player as opposed to trying to make millions in endorsements.

James Welch, Denver, N.C.


It doesn't matter that Duncan has fewer hops than other NBA greats (21 Shades of Gray). Unlike most big men, who are often admired for their unnecessary flamboyance, Duncan uses his impeccable footwork in the paint to dunk on people.

Moss Seros, Los Angeles

Rare Breed

I loved your story on Jabari Parker (... The Best High School Basketball Player Since LeBron James ...). I couldn't believe his high school coach was floored when Jabari's mother said that Jabari would be a student first and that he would go to church on Sundays. We definitely need more moms like Lola Parker setting boundaries for our athletes.

Mary Radloff, Dyersville, Iowa

While you were right to compare Parker's struggle with whether he should postpone his two-year mission to what Danny Ainge and Steve Young experienced in college (To Serve Or Not To Serve), you left out another phenom and fellow Mormon who had to make the same decision: Bryce Harper.

Nate Nease, Las Vegas

Flip the Flop

I think that the NBA needs to follow the NHL's lead regarding flopping (Point After). If a player is caught diving on the ice during a hockey game, he is given two minutes in the penalty box. Maybe if the NBA started calling fouls on egregious floppers, ultimately costing their team points, we would see fewer theatrics on the court.

Kathleen Muir, Lindenhurst, N.Y.

I agree with Phil Taylor's argument that flopping is turning basketball into a clown show. His joke that corrective action might be available through Congress really got me since Congress is, after all, one institution in which hyperbole and posturing is even more rampant than in the NBA.

Bob Hutcheson, Xenia, Ohio




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Tiger Woods won his 73rd PGA Tour event on Sunday, tying Jack Nicklaus for second alltime. Will Tiger catch the leader, Sam Snead, who has 82 victories?

Jared Firstbrook: He will more than likely catch him. Tiger is still only 36, so he has time. You can pretty much play golf until you drop dead.

Fred Villamor: He'll rewrite the record books before he's done.

Jason Davis: He has enough time for nine more victories. You have guys like Tom Watson competing and even contending into their 50s, so, barring more injuries, it isn't impossible for Tiger to play 10 more years, and I doubt that he'll average less than a victory per year.

Brian Smith: To use a line from the movie Bachelor Party, "Yes, and then some."

Ian Stafford (@IanStaffs) Woods may have drawn even with Nicklaus in PGA wins and may catch Snead, but I bet you he fails to match Jack's record for 18 majors.

Glenn Malone: Sure, but Nicklaus is still the best alltime even if Tiger passes Snead.

Ben Gillies: Yes! In fact, he will eventually bury Snead's record.

Timothy John Koop: He'll do it. He still needs to win more majors though.


"Next time you criticize NFL refs who run 50 yards watching 22 players remember NBA refs watch 10 guys while pretty much standing in a circle."




FOR May 21, 2012