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On the Kings’ demise

After all the recent talk and blame over the King’s demise, I am compelled to write and set the record straight.

It wasn’t Peja, nor Webber who lost. It takes a team to win. Game #2 on the road in Minneapolis is where they blew it. Sacramento, having been down 14 points, stormed back to lead by 10 with three minutes remaining. The T’Wolves were in foul trouble, and the Kings had beaten them in the paint. For some inexplicable reason, they got tentative.

Near the 2:30 mark, and still up by 8, Bibby & Co. began rushing shots, not driving inside, nor passing, and not using the shot-clock.

On the road, the way to quiet the crowd is to get the ball down low and shoot free-throws. Down 8, the Wolves were desperate and would have surely fouled Webber and Miller. Instead, our boys took ill-advised jumpers without using the clock, and no-one to rebound. Nothing re-invigorates a crowd more than the visitors missing jumpers.

Granted, the players should have known. As they demonstrably didn’t, it was Adelman’s job to call a 20-second timeout and explain. A coach or leader was needed.

Michael Caspary

Grass Valley

No helmet, no sense

In an article titled “Master of Speed” dated June 6, 2004, I commend and applaud Mr. Ryan on his talent and results in recent bicycle time trialing.

However, I feel compelled to point out some indiscretions. I have been fortunate to be a customer of the Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop for 26 years and they do not sponsor a bicycle racing team.The fine people at Tour of Nevada City are very supportive of racing and all levels of cycling but do not officially sponsor a team.

They also encourage and require all cyclists wear a helmet on all rides they are associated with. It is irresponsible of your newspaper to feature a serious cyclist not wearing a helmet.

Stan Sanderson

Nevada City

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