I do not understand how Alexander Wolff was able to write such an in-depth story about the evolution of college basketball and the importance of dribbling (To Survive You Must Evolve) without ever mentioning how so many players illegally carry the basketball—which means they have stopped dribbling. Not even the best defender can keep up with a player who is palming the ball as he spins or tries to make a move.
Victor Druten, Shawnee, Kans.
Shoot 'Em Up
I enjoyed Luke Winn's article about the high-scoring Loyola Marymount--LSU game from 1990 (The Past Was Fast) and wanted you to know the up-tempo offense is still alive at Division II West Liberty (W.Va.) University. The Hilltoppers' full-court press and quick offensive sets lead to layups and three-point shots. They scored 102.4 points per game last year—the highest average in Divisions I and II—down from 111.3 the previous season. Through Monday this year's squad is 3--0 and averaging an even 100.
Gary Kenamond, Wheeling, W.Va.
I cannot believe Austin Murphy thinks that Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall are the best quarterback-receiver tandem in Bears history (It's Getting a Little Offensive) after only half a season. Surely Murphy has heard of these legendary Chicago passing combinations: Ed Brown to Harlan Hill, Bill Wade to Johnny Morris, Jim McMahon to Willie Gault. Murphy also suggests that Cutler is the Bears' most talented quarterback ever. I guess Sid Luckman's four NFL championships in Chicago mean nothing.
Bobby Friedlander, Richland, Mich.
I appreciate the levelheadedness Phil Taylor brought to the table in his column about race and the NBA (POINT AFTER). The misguided uproar over the perceived lack of diversity on the Timberwolves' roster is sad. No one makes a big deal about the NBA being 80% African-American, yet 10 non-African-American players on one team all of a sudden raises an eyebrow? Sometimes we need to look past color and just rejoice in the game.
Erik Douglas Ubel, St. Paul
Someone needs to remind Tyrone Terrell and the rest of the Timberwolves' critics that winning is the name of the game. It doesn't matter what color the team is or what combination of races you have on the court. Success brings the fans to the games.
Steven Springer, Silver Spring, Md.
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POINT AFTER: TOO WHITE OR ALL RIGHT?
TWEET OF THE WEEK
"NOW ANDREW BYNUM'S OTHER KNEE IS CAUSING HIM PROBLEMS. GOODNESS GRACIOUS, EVEN GREG ODEN THINKS THIS GUY IS TOO FRAGILE."
(NOT BILL WALTON (@NOTBILLWALTON)
How far will Carmelo Anthony and the red-hot Knicks go this season?
Stank Celtic (@HisStankness): The Knicks are a good team, however, when the postseason comes I don't expect them to beat Boston or Miami.
Taryn Prevoznak: They'll make the playoffs and get knocked out in the first round.
Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson): The Knicks are for real and will go far. Keys to their success are great defense, outstanding passing and playing as a team.
Austin Dykstra: The Knicks are legit and are the team to challenge the Heat for the East this year.
Andrew Ferguson: They're better than I thought they'd be. Maybe getting rid of Jeremy Lin was actually a good thing.
Ruben N Mariela: They'll go far as long as Amar'e Stoudemire continues to sit out.
Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless): I am still sick about the Spurs blowing that game [versus New York]. But the more I think about it, more I think the Knicks are second best in the East. LEGIT
TODD ROSENBERG (COVER)
FOR Nov. 12, 2012
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