Jack McCallum's article on the original Dream Team was captivating and insightful. With all the Hall of Fame talent on that roster, I can only imagine how competitive the intrasquad scrimmage must have been. Those guys set the standard for USA Basketball.
Jeff Swanson, Everett, Wash.
What Could've Been
With all the hype over the 20th anniversary of the Dream Team (The Greatest Game Nobody Ever Saw), most fans are forgetting that there were two squads, the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, that could have given the Dream Team a run for its money had their countries not dissolved just before the Barcelona Games. The Soviets were the defending gold medalist from the 1988 Games, and Yugoslavia was the '90 FIBA world champion. It is a tragedy that colossal matchups among the three basketball superpowers never occurred in '92.
C. Fred Bergsten, Annandale, Va.
I would like to commend Lee Jenkins for his poignant portrait of LeBron James (Promise Keeper). In winning his first NBA title, James has, it appears, finally found peace within himself and his game. Whether you are a fan or foe of James, what you witnessed was the maturing of a man-child into a man on the court.
Raymond P. Bailey, Ottawa, Ill.
The only exception I took to James's championship celebration was his postgame statement, "I didn't shortcut anything." Wasn't it a clear shortcut to a title when he left the Cavaliers to join two All-Stars in Miami? I think deep down, James knows that while his ring was "earned not given," it doesn't mean as much as it would have meant if he had stayed and ground it out in Cleveland.
Luke Kruse, Huntsburg, Ohio