I loved Jack McCallum's story on the NBA Finals (The Best Finals Ever). Still, I would nominate the 1957 Finals matchup between the Celtics and the St. Louis Hawks as perhaps the best ever. Boston was led by rookie Bill Russell, who had been drafted that season by St. Louis but was then traded to the Celtics. It was the first Finals appearance for either team, ending with a 125--123, double-overtime Boston win.
Paul Agathen, Washington, Mo.
Not Even Close
How anyone could say the 1993 Bulls-Suns Finals was the best ever is beyond me. Yes, the series went six games, but the Bulls were never in any jeopardy of losing or being outplayed as long as Michael Jordan was on the court. In my opinion the series doesn't even crack the top five when you consider the Celtics-Lakers Finals in '69, Knicks-Lakers in '70, Celtics-Lakers in '84, Lakers-Pistons in '88 or the 2005 Spurs-Pistons series. Those were battles that went down to the wire.
Stefan Walters, Alexandria, Va.
A for Effort
I take exception to the way in which you described Cubs centerfielder David DeJesus's face-plant (LEADING OFF) as being a new path to futility. DeJesus's dive showed great determination and commitment to the play more than anything else. Sure, the end result was a blooper, but the fact that he was willing to go all out on defense shows that there is still some hustle and desire left in this Cubs team despite its losing record. Futility will be evident when the Cubbies give up and stop playing hard.
Mike Kaczmarz, Springfield, Ill.
Ice Ice Baby
Steve Rushin's feature on the Stanley Cup playoffs (Symphony for a Foghorn) was clever, funny and warm. It described perfectly why hockey is the coolest sport on earth and why it continues to captivate and enthrall its fans.
Ric Apter, Pound Ridge, N.Y.
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What trade do you think would make the most sense in the NBA right now?
Chase Baker Bringing Chris Paul to the Lakers makes the most sense. It gives L.A. the power it needs at the point so Kobe Bryant can get a sixth ring. After Kobe retires, the Lakers would still have a solid core with Paul and Dwight Howard.
Matthew Gaviola The recent Howard--Blake Griffin trade talk doesn't really make sense to me. Howard's body and game are built more like a defensive player's, while Griffin is more like tan offensive player who can slash and get to the rim quickly. The Lakers need more of a presence on defense than they do a scorer.
John Martel Any trade that got rid of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and coach Doc Rivers would be good for the Celtics because that franchise needs to start rebuilding, fast.
Ruben N Mariela It would be sad to see Pierce traded to the Clippers, but Griffin to the Celtics would be a huge plus for Boston.
Adam Buck Alford Any team would be smart to trade for Joakim Noah. He's become the difference maker in games for the Bulls and is the heart of the team.
Alex Verkley Chris Bosh to the Bobcats for its fourth pick. With that pick the Heat could draft Anthony Bennett to play power forward.
Devon Owens Rajon Rondo to the Lakers for Steve Nash and maybe Ron Artest. A move like that might persuade Howard to stay. Also, somebody needs to pick up Nate Robinson from Chicago. As a Knicks fan, I wouldn't mind having him back.
Jesus Bryant Luol Deng to the Warriors for they're 2012 first-round draft pick Harrison Barnes. Golden State seems to be missing a veteran piece to the puzzle that could get them to the next level.
Kenny Tse If Howard re-signs with the Lakers, the team should trade Gasol for Deng.
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