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FOR JULY 18, 2016

Jack McCallum's farewell to Tim Duncan (LEADING OFF) included an excellent assessment of some of the game's greatest big men, but he left out George Mikan, who dominated the NBA in its early years. Many believe his presence in the late 1940s and '50s saved the league from bankruptcy.

William Henry Noack, West River, Md.

I was very surprised and disappointed that your magazine did not mention the passing of Pat Summitt. Considering what she did for women's basketball and sports in general, I felt you owed her a story.

Robert DeMatteis, Rochester, N.Y.

Editor's Note: Summitt, SI's co-Sportsperson of the Year in 2011, died on June 28, hours after SI closed its July 4--11, 2016, double issue.

During his NFL career Ricky Williams consistently put his needs above those of his team. Your article appears to show that he is now placing his own needs above those of his family. Williams isn't a pioneer or a visionary; he is a self-centered flake.

Jim Evans, San Antonio


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While I appreciate Kevin Durant's decision to sign with Golden State, his comment in THEY SAID IT about not being "an $88 player" when discussing the steep $150 price tag on his new KD9 shoe, was ridiculous. As much as I like the Warriors, part of me now hopes they implode.

Derek Owens

Rock Hill, S.C.



I can understand why some professional athletes decide not to participate in the Olympics; they've already reached the pinnacle of their sports. However, after reading Chris Ballard's column, I was reminded that the true spirit of the Games lies in the determination of amateurs like swimmer Alex Ngan. I hope I'll be able to root for him in 2020.

Paul Janas

La Grange Park, Ill.




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