Tony Kornheiser's column on the Celtics was long overdue. It's been a mystery to me why the Dallas Cowboys have often been referred to as America's team. It has no record of being an organization for all people, starting from the sidelines to the front office. On the other side of the coin, if South Africa, the federal government and corporate America would follow the lead of Red Auerbach and the Boston Celtics organization, there would be no need for affirmative action programs.

How soon we (blacks) forget when Auerbach played five black players at the same time, an NBA first. We applauded the breakthrough. But the sight of five white players on the floor at the same time under the leadership of K.C. Jones for some reason seems to irritate black fans. Auerbach does not need me or Kornheiser waving the flag for him. But no way should the lack of racial harmony in the city of Boston be extended to the Celtics organization.

Auerbach's track record as an equal opportunity employer speaks for itself. The statements made by rookie Dennis Rodman and veteran Isiah Thomas of the Detroit Pistons concerning Larry Bird's playing credentials brought to mind the old adage, "It's better to be thought a fool, than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt."

Harold Bell Sports Director, WUST

Counterpoint

Tony Kornheiser got it right when he wrote that, "If there were ever two similar basketball programs, they are the Celtics and Georgetown." Both programs feature outright racism and consistent dirty play.

The Celtics, without question, are the only team in the NBA that would seek out, let alone keep players like Rick Carlisle and Connor Henry. As for the Celtics' style of play, it makes me laugh when they get upset at Bill Laimbeer for a hard foul on Larry Bird. A review of tapes of Celtics games over the last five years will easily reveal the dirtiest team in the NBA.

See Danny Ainge provoke fights with Tree Rollins, Sedale Threatt and countless others. See Kevin McHale nearly kill James Worthy on a breakaway in the NBA finals. See Dennis Johnson apply a forearm/elbow to the throat of John Lucas in this year's Game 7 with Milwaukee. Etc., etc.

The Georgetown basketball program is the same story with a different color. John Thompson focuses so much on the negative aspects of racism that he and his players must endure that he, himself, becomes the racist. The next time a white player gets any meaningful time at Georgetown, Thompson will be coaching the Knicks.

Robert Hamilton Rockville

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