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by Ron Kurtus

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Where's Tim Duncan? Top 50 NBA USA
 
Dealing with a side spin serve Table Tennis Service USA
 
I think you will have to add Kobe to the list Top 50 NBA USA
 
Why didn't Jamal Wilkes make the list? Top 50 NBA USA
 
Wants to make a ping-pong table Table Tennis USA
 
Take Pippen out and add Bob McAddoo Top 50 NBA USA
 
Choice for all-time time Top 50 NBA USA
 
Give some examples of how to play ping pong Table Tennis Guyana
 
What is your dream team? All-time NBA USA
 
Can the person hit the ball with his or her hand? Table Tennis USA
 
Disagrees on James Worthy Top 50 NBA USA
 
Do you think I will be in the NBA? All-time NBA USA
 
Pointers for youngsters hitting a ball High Velocity Ball USA
 
Can the paddle hit the table? Table Tennis USA
 
Can you put up table tennis videos? Table Tennis Service UAE
 

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Top 50 NBA

Where's Tim Duncan?

March 24, 2006

Question

Where's Tim Duncan???? He only one of 5 players in NBA history to receive finals MVP 3 times

James - USA (10593)

Answer

The list was made by journalists several years ago. We plan to make a new list but will only include players who have retired. Once Duncan retires, he definitely will be among the top 50.

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Table Tennis Service

Dealing with a side spin serve

March 15, 2006

Question

Dear Sir,
I sometimes face problem when recieving the strong side spin ball and I sometime confuse side spin and under plus side spin when recieving. Please tell me the best way to return such kind of serves.
sincerely,

valdimir - USA (10453)

Answer

Take note of how your opponent hits the ball when it has a side spin so that you will recognize the direction of spin. Usually, a strong spin will spin away from you if you hit it flat or even try a top spin return. The best return is to punch at the ball, trying to spin it in the opposite direction. In that way you will neutralize your opponent's spin.

You can also try a top spin on an angle that will both stop his spin and add some of your own, but that can be difficult to do.

Always watch the ball while it is in your opponent's hand before the serve. That will give you an edge on the return.

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Top 50 NBA

I think you will have to add Kobe to the list

March 3, 2006

Question

I think you will have to add Kobe, Lebron, and Tim duncan, maybe Dirk Niwitzski to your all-time list. But You will have to expand the list beccause no one should be removed from the top 50. Also, it is correct that Bob McAdoo should be on the list. Other for strong consideration: Iverson, Vince Carter, Jason Kidd, McGrady.

- USA (10310)

Answer

Those are good selections to add to the list. But I'm wondering if active players should be on the list? I'm thinking that you can judge better after a player retires.

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Top 50 NBA

Why didn't Jamal Wilkes make the list?

February 17, 2006

Question

I can believe Jamal Wilks isn't on the list.

Why didn't he make it?

- USA (10130)

Answer

Wilkes certainly was a good player. They called him "Silk" because he was so smooth. But also, he wasn't flashy, so many sports writers who made the list did not take notice of him. We do nee a new list with the opinion of fans and not just the press.

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Table Tennis

Wants to make a ping-pong table

February 15, 2006

Question


Faer Sir:


Due to short space in my house I was thinking to buy 2 equal size plywood pcs on my dining table. I will paint it and put white lines also.

How thick should be the plywood and what kind of paint and paint procedure should be followed for proper bounce.

Hameed - USA (10103)

Answer

You could use a two plywood boards of about 1/2 inch thick to make your own ping-pong table. Even 1/4 inch thick plywood is OK.

Normal dimensions are 5 x 9 feet or 274 cm in length, 152.5 cm in width, and 76 cm in height. You can have one smaller, if there is not enough room. Use green glossy paint for the surface and white paint or even tape for the edges.

It may be easier to buy a table top. They usually come in two pieces that can be put on your dining room table. Sears sells them for around $100. You might also get a used one. Check www.craigslist.com for your city to see if anyone has a two-piece for sale under sports equipment.

Best wishes in getting your table. It is a good game.

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Top 50 NBA

Take Pippen out and add Bob McAddoo

February 8, 2006

Question

Absolutely take Pippen out and add Bob McAddoo as a one of the all time great centers. How did he get overlooked anyway? That was a huge mistake! It is just too bad he didn't play with a better team during his career!

Irvin - USA (9996)

Answer

Pippen was a darling of the media when he played with Jordan. I just wonder if McAddoo offended some of the reporters who selected this all-time list. It is also due for an update.

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Choice for all-time time

February 8, 2006

Question

Okay,

Let's say I'm allowed nine players on my team. For an all time great NBA team here it is as I see it.

Centers:
Bill Russell
a healthy Bill Walton
Bob McAddoo (can move to forward position at times)

Forwards:
Larry Bird
Kevin McHale

Guards:
Magic Johnson (can easily move to forward position and can even play center)
Michael Jordan
John Stockton
Oscar Robertson (can easily move to forward)

Bring on your best team and we will seriously give you fits. We've got everything on this team. Rebounding, Defense, Ball Control, Scoring, Team Mentality, you name it, its there! Just remember a few things here about this team.

Russell: the consummate team player. He had great inside defense and rebounding. How many championships are under his belt?

Walton: the best passing center ever. He knew what it took to win. He was a true throw back to Russell but could score at will and was great at rebounding and very hard to deal with on defense. You can hate him as a color man today but when he was healthy you didn't dare overlook him on the floor.

McAddoo: Look at his stats! Basically he was unstoppable. Also, he was grossly overlooked and underappreciated.

Bird: blue collar gut it out type. Sometimes he even looked slow and clumsy. He would kill you with the ball in his hands.

McHale: the herky, jerky forward. He was good on defense. He could somehow, with his worm move put the ball in, in spite of you being in his face. He found a way around you. What a compliment to the centers.

Magic: could do it all! Remember when he played center for Jabbar when Jabbar was hurt - and the outcome? Magic could take over a game and often did.

Jordan - what can be said about Jordan? He was the total player - defense - offense - scoring - ball handling! He literally could "will" teams to victory and carry them on his back!

Stockton: look at his stats. He was the best passer in NBA history. How many steals did he have? When any center, forward or guard need the ball Stock would put it there - you could count on it! How many assists for Stock? Don't count him out on threes.

Robertson: Why is he on this team? Let's see, how many lifetime triple doubles does he have? He averaged a triple double for an entire season! Even today he would do well against any of the current players!

There is my team. Now try to beat us. We've got everything. Our bench will be just as difficult to deal with as will our starting five, whoever that might be on any given night. Whatever an opposing team may attempt to do against us will be figured it out before long and we have the weapons to counteract it and overcome it!

Irvin - USA (9997)

Answer

Thanks for the input. You have a good selection of players. I wonder how some of the great present-day players would match up with the old-timers?

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Table Tennis

Give some examples of how to play ping pong

January 14, 2006

Question

Pleas give some examples of how you really play ping pong

Joseph - Guyana (9668)

Answer

We'l be adding some more material on ping pong, along with pictures soon.

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All-time NBA

What is your dream team?

December 9, 2005

Question

k if you could put together a dream team of all the greats that are retired who would be on it. And a dream team of both old players and present

thank you i look forward to hearing your answer

p.s. this site is wrong larry bird is the greatest

robbie - USA (9316)

Answer

My favorites for a "dream team" of retired players would be: Dr. J, Larry Bird, Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan.

With the new players, it is really difficult to decide, since there are such good ones around. Many may surpass the "old timer" players.

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Table Tennis

Can the person hit the ball with his or her hand?

December 9, 2005

Question

When the ball had been hit can the other person hit the ball with His or Her opposite hand that the racket is NOT in?

Alex - USA (9327)

Answer

Only the paddle can be used to hit the ball. If the ball hits the person anywhere, including his or her hand, it is a lost point.

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Top 50 NBA

Disagrees on James Worthy

November 22, 2005

Question

How in the frickin world could you even say James Worthy wasn't a great player & should not have made the NBA TOP 50.He had a solid statistical average & was the man in 1988 as NBA Finals MVP with 36pts,16rebs,&10assists.There should be atleast 5 UNC Tarheels on that ridiculous TOP 50 or maybe more.You could take Jordan,Worthy,Cunningham,Carter,& MaCadoo & whip any team on earth.They all had complete games.The dream team could have played the Chicago Bulls of the 1990's and they would have lost in a 7 game series.Jordan even made the statement he wished he could have had all UNC players on the Bulls cause they were unselfish & listened.And Kobe ain't a red pimple on MJ's buttocks & neither is Lebron!The Alltime Greatest team would be MJ,Magic,Bird,Worthy,& Kareem.6man Pistol Pete

jay - USA (9056)

Answer

James Worthy was a great player, but he really wasn't that much of a "go-to" guy as some of the others on this top-50 list. I always felt he often didn't played up to his potential.

The thing is, would you take Worthy or Bob McAddoo on that list? I don't know how they could have left McAddoo off and included Scotty Pippen instead.

UNC put out some great players, that is for sure.

That Top 50 list should be revised.

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All-time NBA

Do you think I will be in the NBA?

November 22, 2005

Question

Do you think I will be over six feet tall?
My mom is 5foot 5inches and my dad is 5foot 10inches and I have a few relatives
that are over 6feet tall. By the way I am 12 years old and is 5foot 1inch.

Also do you think I will be in the NBA? I am 12 5ft. 1in. and is a great shooter
okay at dribbling and love the game.I am working on steals, blocks, dribbling,and three pionters.

Thanks
Michael

Michael - USA (9070)

Answer

Usually boys grow to be somewhat taller than their fathers. Although height is a major factor in playing professional basketball, there have been a number of good players under 6 feet.

Spud Webb played in the NBA for 12 years and he was 5 ft. 7 in. But even better than that Mugsy Bogues played in the NBA and he was only 5 ft. 3 in.

So there is hope for short players. But they have to be quick and know the game. Often such a player is a point guard who dishes the ball off to the other players. Shooting must be done quickly to avoid having the shot blocked.

Just keep playing, do your best and enjoy the game.

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High Velocity Ball

Pointers for youngsters hitting a ball

November 15, 2005

Question

If your son is having trouble doin that then that is a hard habit to get out of. first tape a game of your son doin it see if he does it at surtain times. then you stand oin the opposite batters box and toss it to him from where you standand let him swing from that spot. Tape that to do it as much as you can. It will help a lot

mike - USA (8960)

Answer

Thanks for the pointers on hitting the ball.

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Table Tennis

Can the paddle hit the table?

November 13, 2005

Question

Does a player lose a point if while the point is in play his/her paddle hits the table whilst making contact with or right after contact is made with the ball?

Karthik - USA (8933)

Answer

I've never heard that the paddle cannot hit the table after hitting the ball. The main concern is that you don't use the table to get better leverage.

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Table Tennis Service

Can you put up table tennis videos?

November 1, 2005

Question

it's quite tough practicing with only theories
can u put video's on your site or something???
that'll be much easier for people

chetan - UAE (8770)

Answer

Sorry, we don't have any videos available at this time. We hope to have some in the future.

You can check out:
http://www.gregsttpages.com/videos/freevideos.html to see some sample videos of table tennis matches. They also sell video clips.

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