In response to Kim Hanson (Readers' Forum, Dec. 26), it is difficult for one player, like Gordan Giricek, to be slack on defense when the entire team does little on the defensive end. Therefore, players who actually do work at defending — like Giricek — are forced to guard more than one person. During the few instances when Deron Williams does not keep the ball for himself, he rarely passes it to Giricek. So it is irrational to claim that Giricek is selfish. If Giricek is selfish, what does that make Williams?

And regarding Jerry Sloan, how can an NBA coach have "proven himself" if he has received neither a championship nor one award for coach of the year? I used to think the NBA board was crazy for not nominating him. Now I realize that they were the sane ones.

Natalie Dean