FOR JUNE 16, 2014
Your article about Don Mattingly (In a Tough Spot) was insightful, but stories about his behavior at a 2013 press conference and his refusal to play due to his haircut made him out to be a big baby.
Kevin Bench, Austin
Even though the three-pointer has dramatically changed scoring in the playoffs (The Finals in 3-D), Jerry West still holds the record for average points scored in a playoff series (46.3). He did it with the Lakers against the Bullets in 1965, 14 years before the arc was introduced.
Dale Borntreger, Millersburg, Ind.
The difference between the NHL and the NBA playoffs is simple: In the NHL players simply play the game. Now if the league would only get rid of fighting in the regular season, it too would be must-see TV.
John Hart, Cape Coral, Fla.
I found your article on the insider-trading accusation against Phil Mickelson (SCORECARD) to be premature and speculative seeing as the facts were still being collected. Now we learn that Mickelson was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Rick Wright, Frisco, Texas
Of course the NHL is hot. It is a team game with nonstop action and few timeouts, while the NBA is foul-driven and takes 30 minutes to play the last two minutes of a game.
Steve Shaevel Woodland Hills, Calif.
So Grant Hill thinks "the Heat are the best team of this era"? I beg to differ. The Spurs are the best, winning five championships in 15 years. How is it that they get no respect?
Jimmie Jones New Braunfels, Texas
I remembered Don Zimmer as the heavy-set, balloon-cheeked fixture of MLB. Joe Torre's heartfelt tribute made me realize he was so much more.
Tim Pedersen Edmond, Okla.
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