by Ron Kurtus
Readers have sent in a total of 108 comments and questions on Sports issues. They are listed according to date.
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|Scoring points by hitting the net||Table Tennis||USA|
|Dennis Johnson should be on the list||Top 50 NBA||USA|
|Listing of all NBA Hall of Fame players||All-time NBA||USA|
|How tall do you think I will be?||All-time NBA||USA|
|Wants list updated with new players||All-time NBA||USA|
|Do you think I can make the NBA?||All-time NBA||USA|
|Shouldn't Vince Cater be on the list?||Top 50 NBA||USA|
|Rules on touching concrete table||Table Tennis||USA|
|Ping pong ball hitting the eye||High Velocity Ball||USA|
|How do basketball players jump so high?||General||USA|
|Hiding the spin||Table Tennis Service||INDIA|
|Wand to be a basketball player||Basketball||USA|
|Will any Pistons make the list?||Top 50 NBA||USA|
|Can you use two paddles?||Table Tennis||USA|
|Plays one wall handball in New York||Handball Kill Shots||USA|
Scoring points by hitting the net
October 30, 2005
Hi! i have a ping pong question for you! i play ping pong almost everyday with my mom and we have a question about hitting the net. When i return the ball to her, i sometimes hit the ball low on purpose to cause it to hit the net and directly drop on her side. She says that this is illegal and that it should not count. I on the other hand think its a perfectly legal move and that it is a perfect return. I know that you cant hit the net on a serve, but are you able to hit it on a return and have the ball drop directly on the other side? Thank you very much!
Grant - USA (8752)
You shouldn't use such tricks to beat your mom! Let her win once in a while.
What you are doing is perfectly legal. The same rule applies to regular tennis. But it also sounds like your net may be a little loose to allow that to happen on a regular basis.
Dennis Johnson should be on the list
October 3, 2005
No way Worthy on list. Also, many of these players were not great defensive...Certainly, great defensive players deserve consideration...What about
Dennis Johnson of Sonic/Celtic lore? He was a great defensive player and won 3 championships as well as a great clutch shooter/player. Even Larry Bird said DJ was the best player on the Celtics!
J - USA (8375)
I agree that there are several people on this list that should be replaced with other, better players. Worthy was good but never outstanding in the long run.
Often great defensive players like DJ get overlooked in these types of lists made up by sportswriters. I'd like to revise it with new players, espcially since that list is several years old.
Listing of all NBA Hall of Fame players
August 29, 2005
can I have the names of all of the legends/ hall of famers?
steve - USA (7929)
Check out http://cbs.sportsline.com/nba/history/halloffame to see a year-by-year listing of all NBA Hall of Fame players.
How tall do you think I will be?
August 26, 2005
I am 4 foot 8 and 10 years old how tall do you think I would be when I stop growing
steven - USA (7894)
You can tell about how tall you will be by looking at your parents and relatives. Usually, you will be slightly taller than your father, although there are exceptions if there are other tall people in your family.
Although height is an advantage in basketball, many players make up for lack of height with speed, skill and knowledge of the game.
Wants list updated with new players
August 25, 2005
I emailed you before about that if vince carter is better than lenny wilkins should't he be amoung the 50? I thought that you can update the list to today and put who YOU think should be in it who are playing today.Can you please email me as soon as you can and tell me if you can do that.
steven - USA (7880)
Adding who should now be in the top 50 would take an amount of research. One thing is that I don't believe existing players should be in the list. It is always better to have retired players to make things fair if a player only has a few good seasons.
Unfortunately, I won't have time to update that list for a while.
Do you think I can make the NBA?
August 25, 2005
I play on my school's junior varsity team i am good at fade aways ,inside shooting,3 point shooting,and foul shots. on defense i am good at stealing,blocking,and fair at rebounding.I am 10 years old and I 4 foot 8.
DO you think I can make the NBA?
steven - USA (7883)
You have a good start. Obviously, if you would grow up to be 6 foot 8, you would have a better chance, but there have been some great NBA players of all sizes. Spud Webb was 5' 6' and won the NBA slam dunk contest. Muggsie Bogues was the shortest NBA player at 5' 3".
Just keep up the good work. The more you know about the game and the more experience you get, the better you will be. But the big thing is to have fun in the game. You do your best and have a good time in the process. That makes you a champion.
Shouldn't Vince Cater be on the list?
August 24, 2005
don't you think vince carter should be on the list and lenny wilkens should be off of the list?
steven - USA (7870)
There are a number of active players that are better than some of those on that list. Although many of the old-timers were great in their day, I think they would have a tough time against the present athletes. I agree that Carter is probably better than Wilkins was.
This list was put together by sports writers a few years ago. It really should be brought up to date with new players. Perhaps I'll add some like Carter.
Rules on touching concrete table
July 10, 2005
Can you touch the table with parts of your body other than your free hand (e.g. legs, paddle hand) if you don't move the table?
I play on a concrete table in a park, where you touching the table with force that would move a regular freestanding table doesn't move it.
I am worried that I may be unintentionally cheating :)
Peter - USA (7512)
The rules state that you can't move the playing surface or touch it with your free hand. So with a concrete table, you could easily lean on the table or grab the side for more power and not "officially" break the rules. But it would be a bad habit to get into, since you might then do that on a regular table and lose points.
Since a concrete table is not standard, players should probably agree what to allow. The best would be not to touch the table, unless others agree to it.
Ping pong ball hitting the eye
May 31, 2005
How fast can a ping pong ball travel. What kind of damage can it do to a human traveling at that speed (particulary to a human eye). I ask as I'm doing research for an Association and wanted to gather as much info from as many different resources. Your reponse would be of great help. Thank you.
Tony - USA (7128)
I don't have information on the top speed of a ping-pong ball. Since the ball is not heavy, the force it would apply to the eye would probably not be enough to really cause damage. For example, if a ping-pong ball hit your skin, it might sting a little but would not create a welt. On the other hand, a racquetball can create a welt on the skin and also damage the eye.
How do basketball players jump so high?
April 20, 2005
1-I played for a team in my public school, but not Junior High School or High School. If I go to a college and try out for the team and I make it and i'm good, can I get drafted to the NBA?
2- How do Basketball players Jump so high such as Vince Carter, Michael Jordan, etc?
Shaun - USA (6718)
Try to get on some team. The more you play, the better you will get and the better your chances are in college. If you're good in college, even in a small college, you may be noticed and get drafted.
Not only are they tall and athletic, but they also have great spring in their legs. A play who can't jump as high can still do well if he can pass and shoot and has a good sense of the game.
Hiding the spin
April 19, 2005
some players serve with apose u r not able to see what spin they r putting to the ball (action is like they hide the hand behind thier back by standing a little more sideways)is that legitimate??
how to judge the spins on these balls??
specially the short ones..........
the serve normally gets lofted up and opponent bangs a shot right after it..
VIKAS - INDIA (6713)
You can normally tell the spin by the way the paddle is moved.
For a legal serve, the ball must be tossed slightly upward and allowed to bounce off the table. It would be very difficult to hide how the ball is then hit.
Wand to be a basketball player
April 18, 2005
Hey, I just wanted to know how to become a basketball player because I love the game and I enjoy it and im pretty good.
Shaun - USA (6695)
It is a good game. You can play a lot of pick-up games and get pretty good, but it is important to get on a team with a coach that can teach the fundamentals and some of the tricks of the trade. Certainly, try to get on the school team. But also look into other organizations that have teams.
To make the pros, you really need to be good in high school and college. Being extremely tall helps too. But even if you don't make the pros, just getting on a team and playing is fun.
Best wishes in the sport.
Will any Pistons make the list?
March 1, 2005
do ypu think that any of the detroit pistons will make the top 50 like maybe a ben wallace or a rip hamilton if so write back
martin - USA (6170)
That Top 50 was established several years ago and is already getting outdated. Note that there are many in the NBA Hall of Fame that are not on that list.
The Pistons are more of a team than one with superstars. Look at the old championship Detroit "Bad Boys". I think only Isiah Thomas made this list.
Can you use two paddles?
February 28, 2005
In basement table tennis can you use two paddles?
Brent - USA (6165)
You can play doubles in basement table tennis, but I never heard of someone using a paddle in each hand. I guess if everyone agreed on it, you could do it.
Plays one wall handball in New York
February 11, 2005
This site is great. I play one wall handball in New York and I am doing a Q & A on my site also, www.nychandball.com . Are there one wall questions on here? I only got sent this link.
Tyrone - USA (5931)
One-wall handball is tough. I've played three-wall and can get you running too. I plan to add more material on playing handball and the strategies involved.
Also, I'll add a link to your site as a resource.
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