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by Ron Kurtus

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What about Bernard King? All-time NBA USA
 
Curious to see your team Top 50 NBA USA
 
Pistol" Pete Maravich All-time NBA USA
 
How to hold the paddle? Table Tennis Service USA
 
Raquetball speed High Velocity Ball USA
 
Wants to be a good player All-time NBA USA
 
Putting spin on ball Table Tennis Service USA
 
Ball is long and is hit Table Tennis USA
 
Opinion on top 10 players All-time NBA USA
 
Poosible to put table tennis on top of pool table? Table Tennis USA
 
Clarify rules Table Tennis Israel
 
Fastest speed of table tennis serve Table Tennis Service USA
 
How do I do a topspin? Table Tennis USA
 
Hitting the other player Table Tennis USA
 
Youngest player that played in NBA All-time NBA USA
 

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All-time NBA

What about Bernard King?

January 27, 2005

Question

I personally believe that stats tell the real facts about a player. If history ignores the stats, then it isn't history. And maybe I'm biased because he was from Tennessee, but, I REALLY DO think that Bernard King AVERAGED 22.5 points/game over his carreer, was a 4 time All-Star! AND shot BETTER than 51% from the FIELD! WHAT's REQUIRED to be voted into the Top 50!???????????????

George - USA (5754)

Answer

Another one that was by-passed was Bob McAddoo. That listing came from a group of sports writers, who may have been biased to certain teams. But unfortunately, it is now considered a true indication of the top 50.

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Top 50 NBA

Curious to see your team

January 21, 2005

Question

Great website....

A friend and I are debating the greatest starting 5 of all time

My friend was saying:

Point Guard: Oscar Robertson
Shooting Guard: Michael Jordan
Small Forward: Larry Bird
Power Forward: Elvin Hayes
Center: Hakeem Olajuwan

My list would be:

Point Guard: Magic Johnson
Shooting Guard: Michael Jordan
Small Forward: Larry Bird
Power Forward: Hakeem Olajuwan
Center: Wilt Chamberlain

I would be curious to see what your team looks like.

Best,
Joe

Joe - USA (5683)

Answer

I have my view of the top all-time players on:
http://www.school-for-champions.com/sports/nba_alltime.htm, but I missed power forward.

Number one in each position are Johnson, Jordan, Bird, Olajuwan, and Russell. I picked Russell over Wilt because of his 13 championships.

Note that with the physical size and speed of the new players, some of these old-timers will soon be replaced.

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All-time NBA

Pistol" Pete Maravich

January 8, 2005

Question

I agree on all of the players you have choosen,but you forgot about the greatest SHOWTIME player to touch the hardwood "Pistol" Pete Maravich.He is the greatest scorer in NCAA history without a 3pt line and not even counting his freshman stats.

nathan - USA (5547)

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Maravich was a great showtime player in both college and the pros. But a reason he set the NCAA record of averaging 44 points a game was somewhat a result of the directions that his coach--who was also his father--gave to the other players on the team. He instructed them to feed the ball to Pete on most plays. Many said they did not like playing on the team because of that.

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Table Tennis Service

How to hold the paddle?

December 28, 2004

Question

12/28
I just started playing table tennis today and i feel that im holding the paddle
the wrong way. Is there a wrong and right way to hold the paddle or is it the way u feel most comfortable.

- USA (5430)

Answer

Most people start with holding the paddle in a way that is most comfortable, usually similar to holding a tennis racket. Top players--especially in Asia--use the pen holder grip, which seems uncomfortable.

See: http://www.ehow.com/how_15226_grip-paddle-table.html for a description of each grip.

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High Velocity Ball

Raquetball speed

December 9, 2004

Question

WHAT IS THE AVERAGE AND/OR FASEST RACQUETBALL SPEED?

- USA (5287)

Answer

A high speed serve is around 110 mph. A good return is 70 mph.

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All-time NBA

Wants to be a good player

December 5, 2004

Question

MY NAME IS TED ZOOK AND I PLAY CENTER FOR MY SCHOOL'S VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM BUT, I'M ONLY 6'1 AND IF I WANT TO PLAY COLLEGE OR BEYOND I NEED TO LEARN OTHER TO PLAY OF POSITIONS I CAN SHOOT REALLY WELL AND I CAN SHOOT THREES PRETTY GOOD I JUST NEED TO KNOW WHAT WILL MAKE ME A BETTER ALL AROUND PLAYER LIKE THE PEOPLE YOU WROTE ABOUT. THANKS TED ZOOK

Ted - USA (5243)

Answer

Although basketball is a tall man's sport, there are many shorter players who have even made it to the NBA. Spud Webb was only 5'7" and he won the NBA Slam Dunk contest in 1986. That is amazing. But also that type of jumping ability is rare.

Being a true student of the game is the most important. At 6'1", you need to be able to play good and smart defense, as well as to be able to shoot. John Stockton of the Utah Jazz is a player to emulate. He could score and defend, but his biggest asset was being able to dish off the ball to other players to allow them to score.

You can watch other players and see the moves they make and then be able to defend against them or score around them.

It also takes a lot of practice to be great--or even good enough to play with the big boys. Top players continued to perfect their shots after the other guys went to the showers at the end of practice.

Best wishes in making the grade in college and beyond. Basketball is a great game.

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Table Tennis Service

Putting spin on ball

October 26, 2004

Question

How do you put tremendous spin on a serve?

- USA (4802)

Answer

The back spin is the easiest. You slice at the ball downward with the paddle. It takes practice to get the right paddle angle. For a top spin, you face the paddle toward the table and drag it over the ball when you hit it.

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Table Tennis

Ball is long and is hit

October 13, 2004

Question

In table tennis, player "A" legally hits ball over to opponent "B's" side of the table during a rally, but the shot is going long and player "B" can't determine whether it will hit the end line or sail just over the end of the table, so player "B" holds his racket close to the end line edge as a... "just in case" it hits. The ball goes over the end line and subsequentley hits player B's paddle and glances to the floor. Which player gets the point?

Carlos - USA (4634)

Answer

The ball must hit the table before B can hit it back, otherwise it is A's point. If the ball is long and B hits it back, it is still A's point.

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All-time NBA

Opinion on top 10 players

October 11, 2004

Question

I won't tell you my credentials, but I have good reason to know what I'm talking about. Here are the top 10 players ever; first team, then second team.

G-Jordan
G-West
F-Bird
F-Jabbar
C-Chamberlain

G-Johnson
G-Robertson
F-Baylor
F-Walton
C-Russell

AL - USA (4614)

Answer

Thanks for your list. Putting Abdul-Jabbar and Walton at forward is a unique move.

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Table Tennis

Poosible to put table tennis on top of pool table?

October 6, 2004

Question

I was just wondering, that if there is a possibility to put a removeable table tennis court on top of a pool table that is approximately 8'5" long, 4'7" wide, and 2'6" tall. I would really like to get another table to replace my previously owned one (which i enjoyed very much), but the problem is, I don't have any room in my basement and the only solution i could come up with is a removeable pong table to go over my pool table. i appreciate it.

Joel - USA (4555)

Answer

We bought a removeable table tennis top at Sears to put on top of our pool table. It works fine. If your pool table is standard size and height, you should have no problems.

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Table Tennis

Clarify rules

October 4, 2004

Question

Hi. My name is Ori Anshel, 14 from Israel.
I was playing against my older brother some ping-pong. When I hit the ball with a strong curve.. It hit his side of the table, and came back to mine without him touching it, my point or his?
And: On the serve I know it's legal for the ball to hit twice on the opponents side, but is it allowed to go out from the side? ( between the net and the corner of his table that is )
Thank You for your time and please help me.

Ori - Israel (4506)

Answer

If he didn't touch the ball, that means he missed it and it was your point.

If the ball hits on the opponent's side twice before he hits it back, he has lost the point.

After the ball goes over the net, it must hit his side. If it hits the edge, that still is a good shot.

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Table Tennis Service

Fastest speed of table tennis serve

September 8, 2004

Question

What is the fastest know speed of a table tennis serve?

Robert - USA (4192)

Answer

Sorry, I don't know.

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Table Tennis

How do I do a topspin?

July 18, 2004

Question

How do I put topspin of my serve or hits?

- USA (3779)

Answer

You tilt the paddle downward a little and swing upward, when you hit the ball. It it just the opposite of slicing down on the ball for a backspin. It does take practice to keep the ball low.

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Table Tennis

Hitting the other player

July 17, 2004

Question

what happens if while playing you return the ball and it hits the other
player before it hits the table or you just hit it too long and it hits the player before hitting out of bounds?

jesse - USA (3772)

Answer

If the other person's arm or hand is over the table and the ball hits it, then it is your point. If the ball hits a part of the person that is not directly over the table, then it is his point.

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All-time NBA

Youngest player that played in NBA

June 27, 2004

Question

who is the youngest player that played in NBA.

Tim - USA (3637)

Answer

The youngest NBA player was Jermaine O'Neal, who made his debut for the Portland Trail Blazers against the Denver Nuggets at age 18 years 53 days.

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