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by Ron Kurtus

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Scottie Pippin and the Detroit Pistons All-time NBA USA
 
Mavavich versus Stockton All-time NBA Philippines
 
Baylor or Malone? Top 50 NBA USA
 
Kobe Bryant should be included All-time NBA USA
 
Baseball player has trouble in batting box High Velocity Ball USA
 
Pistol Pete Maravich vs John Stockton All-time NBA USA
 
Stockton is the greatest All-time NBA Philippines
 
Add John Stockton All-time NBA Phillipines
 
Add Stockton All-time NBA Philippines
 
Prize for answering question All-time NBA USA
 
Is Jordan the best ever? All-time NBA USA
 
Michael Jordan story a myth All-time NBA USA
 
On rules concerning the serve Table Tennis
 
E.J's selection All-time NBA
 
Can you hit the ball on the fly? Table Tennis
 

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All-time NBA

Scottie Pippin and the Detroit Pistons

June 24, 2004

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Question:
Did Scottie Pippin ever played for the Detroit Pistons?

Juliette - USA (3616)

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He was drafted by the Supersonics but started his career with Chicago. Then he went to Houston, Portland and back to Chicago.

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Mavavich versus Stockton

June 4, 2004

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John Stockton vs Pistol pete Maravich I dont think so. I want also to debate with you. What skill does Maravich have to beat John Stockton. Opps! may be you cannot debate me because Pistol had no name for all-time NBA.But you can still debate me unless you say Stockton is the king of steal&assists.Would you like to know how many.Just search John Stockton (smiling).

Tim - Philippines (3460)

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Mavavich versus Stockton was sent in by a reader.

Maravich is listed among the top 50 all-time at http://www.school-for-champions.com/sports/nba_top50.htm.

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Top 50 NBA

Baylor or Malone?

May 28, 2004

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My top five, and I think a true team has to have a player at each position, would be:
Kareem, Magic, Michael, Larry, and The Mailman. I truly believe by the time it is over, I will be able to put Kobe ahead of Michael. Also, though I do not really remember him, I came very close to putting Elgin Baylor ahead of Malone. I believe that Karl just gets him by a nose.

- USA (3420)

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I think I'd also take Malone over Baylor.

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Kobe Bryant should be included

May 18, 2004

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kareem was better than both wilt and bill russell. You must now include Kobe Bryant as one of the greatest gaurds of all time.

- USA (3343)

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On this list, we will only have players who retired. Kobe should make the list later. Also see: http://www.school-for-champions.com/sports/nba_top50.htm for a listing of the top 50 all time players.

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High Velocity Ball

Baseball player has trouble in batting box

May 10, 2004

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My son is 13 years old and when in a batting cage atmosphere he does not back out of the box. When being pitched to by a person he wants to raise back and opens up his stance before the ball arrives to the plate. Is there any way to correct this habit. It seems to me that it is a mental fear that he could be hitby the ball but when he is in the batting cage he knows the ball is being pitched by a machine and will not hit him. Any suggestions would be greatly appreicated. Thank You. Debbie Hanni

- USA (3262)

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Of course, once a person gets hit he can get "gun shy" and worry about being hit again.

Baseball great Casey Stengel taught his players to concentrate on the ball in the pitcher's hand, as well as after he throws the ball. This concentration will give more awareness of where the ball is going.

It is also good for him to practice getting out of the way of a wild pitch. This can be done with friends and a tennis ball. With good concentration, a minimum of movement is necessary to avoid an errand throw. The toughest one to react to is behind the batter's head.

With a little practice, I'm sure he can adjust to the correct procedure when facing a real pitcher.

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Pistol Pete Maravich vs John Stockton

May 8, 2004

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My friend and I were having a debate over who the greatest point guard of all time was. I suggested Pistol Pete Maravich, and he thought it was John Stockton. (We excluded Magic Johnson because he was such a versitle player; we were talking pure point guards) I noticed that Maravich was not listed as one of the greatest point guards and I just wanted to know why. How does he stand in comparison with Magic Johnson and Bob Cousy? Also, I'd like to know who is better between Maravich and Stockton and why. Thank you.
-two huge basketball fans from Memphis, TN

- USA (3246)

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Stockton was a point guard, while Maravich was a shooting guard. There were so many good shooting guards, that it is tough to be considered tops.

We've added Stockton to the all-time list. Maravich is listed on the all-time top 50 list at: http://www.school-for-champions.com/sports/nba_top50.htm.

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Stockton is the greatest

April 30, 2004

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I dont think so that Magic johnson & Bob cousy were the greatest point guard. It's really obvious that stockton is the NBA's all-alltime assists leader with 15,806 and also NBA's all-time steal leader with unbreakable record of 3,265.

Mavy - Philippines (3173)

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I agree and will add Stockton to the list as one of the greatest.

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Add John Stockton

April 28, 2004

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Why? is it that John Stockton is not included in best pointguard

Mavy - Phillipines (3137)

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He should be, and I will add him to the list. Bob Cousy was ranked high, but it is really hard to compare, since he played so long ago. I think Stockton was a better player.

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Add Stockton

April 28, 2004

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Hi! again mr. Ron Kurtus. I like John Stockton can you please add him to the greatest point guard as long as possible. Because it is really obviuos that he is still the king of assists & steal and thats including the countless assists to his teamnate "mailman"

Mavy - Philippines (3152)

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I'll be adding him soon.

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Prize for answering question

April 20, 2004

Question

WHAT PRIZE DO WE GETFOR ANSWER MINI QUIZ.

TIM - USA (3068)

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You get the satisfaction of getting the answers correct.

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Is Jordan the best ever?

April 19, 2004

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Michael Jordon along w/ millions of other people was my favorite basketball player. It has been said so many years that he was the best to play the game. I cannot say that b/c it was just too many great players. I know that you cannot compare him to alot of former players b/c stats were not taken back then. But i hate to give him that title of being the best to ever play b/c i don't want to disreguard those who were greater than him. Is there an accurate website that has statistics or facts on former NBA players or even streetball players. Honestly, do people say M.J. was the best to ever play the game b/c he can "fly" or dunk or b/c he has 6 championship rings. Is saying he is the best based on popular opinion or is it facts? Is M.J. the best shooting guard? Is he #1 in every aspect of the game? I'm not trying to put down his skills or accomplishments but i refuse to disreguard the many players who invented dunks, finger rolls, cross overs, and the many other incredible skills that have been seen in basketball. I think alot of people say that M.J. is the best b/c he's of our era. No doubt, I think M.J. is one of the best to play the game, but certainly not the best.

Andrea - USA (3056)

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I think that Michael Jordan was the best shooting guard ever. He also had the personality and smile to win over many people, thus making him the most popular basketball player ever.

But considering that Wilt Chamberlain averaged 50 points a game and 25 rebounds a game, plus he could jump and dunk from the freethrow line makes him a pretty awesome player.

Still, Bill Russell also averaged over 25 rebounds a game, at a time when there were some real good big men playing. The fact that he won 11 championships in 13 years indicates that he probably was the best overall. He made his team so much better.

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Michael Jordan story a myth

March 13, 2004

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Yeah...Michael Jordan not making his highschool basketball team is for the most part a myth. He didn't make the starting 5 varsity, but he did play JV and sat on the bench during varsity games...

why no Power Forwards?

- USA (2692)

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Resources state that Jordan was "cut" from his high school team as a sophomore. But in reality, he did not make the varsity team and played on the junior varsity that year, as you stated. The implication that he was cut and didn't play at all makes for a good success story. But after all, how many 5-11 sophomores make the varsity team?

Power forwards get no respect. Good ones are often made into centers. We Unseld was 6-8 and played center for the championship Baltimore Bullets team.

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Table Tennis

On rules concerning the serve

February 21, 2004

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I'm having a problem. when you serve the ball, can you put a spin on it? Also when I serve the ball and it hits my side goes over the net and bounces twice on the other person's side before he gets tho hit the ball, is it my point or is it a bad serve?

thanks for your time, joe

joseph - (2469)

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You're not supposed to spin the ball before you serve, but it is good to put a spin on it during the serve. That makes it harder for the opponent to hit the ball.

The opponent must hit the ball before it hits the table twice on his side. If it hits twice, it is your point.

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E.J's selection

February 12, 2004

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Point Guards- Magic
Isiah Thomas

Shooting Guards- Michael Jordan
George Gervin

Small Forwards- Dr. J
Larry Bird

Power Forwards- Karl Malone
Kevin McHale

Centers- Kareem
Wilt

E. J. - (2353)

Answer

Good group. A lot of people overlook Gervin, but he was a pure shooter.

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Table Tennis

Can you hit the ball on the fly?

February 11, 2004

Question

Please Please help on this question...

After serving to your opponent, the opponent has the option of returning the ball prior to the ball bouncing on his side of table. i.e. When the ball is hit too far the opponent at his option, can either let the ball travel too far for his point, or, he can return the ball and it is still in play. This is the way we play regular tennis, so I would assume table tennis is same??

Even if the ball is not going off the end of table, can the opponent return the ball prior to it bouncing on his side of table?

Thank you for your response in advance.

Carl Spamer

Carl - (2330)

Answer

In the official rules, it is difficult to figure out if hitting the ball on the fly is allowed. But in the "basement ping-pong rules" it is allowed. Most people use these unofficial rules. See: http://www.usatt.org/rules/basementRules.html
The official rules are at: http://www.usatt.org/rules/index.shtml

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