FOR OCT. 27, 2014
In an era when many athletes can't wait to boast about themselves, it's refreshing to see Kawhi Leonard shun the spotlight. Leonard lets his game and work ethic speak for themselves. More athletes should follow his example.
Rick Bueti, Chappaqua, N.Y.
While glancing over your NBA preview I kept thinking, when is the league going to expand? There's plenty of talent to go around to create a new team, and no city deserves one more than Seattle. Fans supported the SuperSonics for 41 years and would do so again in a heartbeat. I, like many other fans in the area, no longer pay much attention to the NBA but I would if a new team is placed in Seattle.
William E. Gurney, Burlington, Wash.
In contrast to former LSU coach Dale Brown's recruitment of Arvydas Sabonis, Don Nelson actually went to Lithuania to recruit Sarunas Marciulionis for the Warriors in 1988, even staying with the Marciulionis family.
Alfred E. Senn, Madison, Wis.
By identifying one of the four Oklahoma students who studies in the library during Sooners football games as only "one of whom naps on a couch," you've given all students a great excuse: "Yes, Mom and Dad, that was me! I study so much that I have to sleep at the library."
Dan Palmer, Bartlett, Ill.
I was looking forward to this year's NBA preview, wondering what member of the world champion Spurs would grace the cover. Instead, I got three guys who play for a team that went 33--49 last year. And people wonder why San Antonio plays with a chip on its shoulder?
Harlan Thacker Worcester, Mass.
In his piece on kickers, Austin Murphy forgot to mention that when former NFL punter Darren Bennett was the last man for the kicking team, he not only attempted to tackle the returner but also to stand him up and drive him back a few yards.
Bruce Smith Ventura, Calif.
Michael Rosenberg was remiss for failing to include Ben Affleck in his essay about celebrities who are great sports fans. As a Red Sox fan, Affleck's refusal to wear a Yankees cap for a scene in his latest movie, Gone Girl, should put him at the top of the list.
Ray Grasso Wethersfield, Conn.
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GREG NELSON FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (LEONARD)
AL TIELEMANS/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (COVER)
JOHN W. MCDONOUGH FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (BENNETT)
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