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Name May Be Changed to the LeBron Times

January 11, 2003

Your coverage of LeBron James on Sunday eclipsed all your other stories. LeBron's pictures on the front page occupied more space than the picture of Falcon quarterback Michael Vick during his run in the Falcons' unprecedented playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers. Southern California product Jason Kapono was not pictured on your front page, even though he set a school record with nine three-point baskets and ended with 44 points against Washington State, enough to join Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton as the only single-game scorers with 44 or more points in UCLA's history.

Isn't the disproportionate coverage you are giving James exploitative in itself? One can only hope that the media handle the "next LeBron James" more responsibly.

Ruben A. Vassolo

Santa Barbara

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I thought LeBron James was just another creation of the hype machine, not really ready for the NBA. Then he went out and made eight of 24 shots (including 0 for nine on three-point attempts) against Mater Dei. I apologize, and I admit now that I am wrong. He's ready, all right. A ball hog who has trouble hitting the floor with his hat. The next Michael Jordan? More like the next Allen Iverson.

Michael Nile

Rancho Palos Verdes

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