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by Ron Kurtus

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All time best All-time NBA
 
Handball gloves Handball
 
Best centers All-time NBA
 
Paddle material Table Tennis
 
Russell's championships All-time NBA
 
Rule on losing ending game Table Tennis
 
Size limitations around table Table Tennis
 
Absence of Bill Laimbeer All-time NBA
 
Isiah Thomas All-time NBA
 
Changing centers to PF All-time NBA
 
Russell at PF All-time NBA
 
All-time picks All-time NBA
 
Oscar All-time NBA
 
Different line-up All-time NBA
 
Top 10 NBA All-time NBA
 

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All-time NBA

All time best

December 20, 2003

Question

My five best players of all time are:


1.Michael Jordan
2.Wilt Chamberlain
3.Oscar Robertson
4.Bill Russell
5.Magic Johnson

Thats the real list.

Paul - (1649)

Answer

I'd agree. If this was a team, Jordan and Russell would both play forward.

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Handball

Handball gloves

November 24, 2003

Question

Is the ball used for one-wall handball different than for 4-wall?
I've been playing 4-wall with my friend after we work out for about a week. We don't wear gloves, and so far, it still hurts alot. Is that just because our hands aren't used to it? Or is there a softer ball that the one-wall players use?

Thanks,
Luc

Luc - (1370)

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I'm not sure about the ball for one-wall handball. I know the 3-wall ball is more like a raquetball.

One big reason for gloves is that when the hands get sweaty, you can put too much spin on the ball, making it hard for the other player to hit it. Handball gloves aren't easy to find and can be expensive. I've seen guys use constructive gloves effectively. They do a good job at protecting the hands too.

The hands toughen up after a short while of playing. The biggest problem is getting bone bruises, where you hit the ball right on a bone, like a knuckle. Try to roll the ball out of your hand, with a wrist snap. Also, hitting it solid instead of slapping will reduce any pain.

It is a great game.

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All-time NBA

Best centers

November 20, 2003

Question

On the Issue of best centers:
1)Kareem had an unblockable hook shot
2)Wilt was the most dominating of his time and perhaps of all time
3)Russell played for the best team
4)Shaq is the most dominating of the four but not the most skilled
5)Hakeem best low post moves ever
6)Walton would fall on the average side of this list, too many naggin' injuries
7)Duncan not a center but the most skilled on this list
8) Ewing no ring good but not enough to carry his team played in the wrong decade/conference

We can go on this is my list,I know there are more centers that didn't mention like Malone best rebounder of his time, and so on. But the bottom line is that no one has ever had the most unchallenge shot of ALL TIME LIKE KAREEM HAD.

Carlos - (1315)

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Thanks for your list. Shaq is good, but he never had to go up against guys like Wilt and Russell. Both averaged 25 rebounds a game.

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Table Tennis

Paddle material

November 12, 2003

Question

I am James, a student in Tyee Middle School located in Washington. I am on a research of elements and I choosed to figure out what materials are used to make a ping pong paddle. Thus, please send me back informations about the materials used to make a ping pong paddle. Thank You.

James - (1193)

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Paddles are typically made of wood. Often they are made in layers, similar to plywood. Some new profressional paddles are a wood/graphite combination.

The face of the paddle is usually rubber. Some are smooth soft rubber and others are harder rubber with nubs to create spin. There are also paddles with no rubber, but instead a sandpaper face.

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All-time NBA

Russell's championships

November 3, 2003

Question


FYI


"Bill Russell was a supreme defensive player and team leader of the Boston Celtics. He didn't seem to be as skilled as someone like Wilt Chamberlain, but when he was playing his team won 13 NBA championships. When he didn't play, they didn't win."

During Bill Russell's career, Boston won 11 NBA championships (NOT 13 as indicated here: http://www.school-for-champions.com/sports/nba_alltime.htm) including eight consecutive crowns from 1959-1966.

Bruce - (1060)

Answer

You're right. It was 11 championships in 13 years.

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Table Tennis

Rule on losing ending game

November 3, 2003

Question

can you loose on a serve to end the game? please e-mail me back as soon as possible. Thank you

ole - (1068)

Answer

Take a look at http://tabletennis.about.com/library/usatt/bl-rules6.htm to see a listing of rules concerning the service.

I think this answers your question: "If, in attempting to serve, a player fails to strike the ball while it is in play, his opponent will be awarded a point."

I hope this helps.

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Table Tennis

Size limitations around table

October 6, 2003

Question

To whom it may concern,
I am trying to get approval (at work) from the power-that-be to get a ping pong table setup. One of the questions I have to answer, which I can't find an answer to is "how much room around the ping pong table is required for a player to play confortably", "Is there a certain size regulation" I have searched many websites and have not found an answer yet. Any help would be appreciated.
Thank You
Keith

Keith - (754)

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Competitive table tennis is often played in a gymnasium with a good 10 feet available behind the players. I don't know if there is any limits in the rules. They certainly don't want players to collide and get injured.

On the other hand, my cousin has a table in a room with walls about 4 feet behind the ends of the table. I've never had problems playing him in that room. So, you should be able to get by with a limited space at work and still be able to have good games.

Best wishes in getting things set up. Having some recreation like that is a great morale builder for the company.

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All-time NBA

Absence of Bill Laimbeer

August 28, 2003

Question

Thank you for the reply. Now please explain the absence of Bill Laimbeer.

True Blue Piston Fan..lol

Sam - (604)

Answer

Laimbeer was good but not great. Note that personality is a factor in many selections. For example, Bob McAddoo was passed over as one of the all-time 50 greats, while Scotty Pippen is on the list.

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All-time NBA

Isiah Thomas

August 27, 2003

Question

How is it possible that Isiah Thomas does not seem to make any of these lists. I have great respect for Magic, Cousy, and Stockton. Magic was a winner on a winning team, he had Kareem,Worhty,Thompson,Riley, and he was 6'9 in the 80's. Bob Cousy had Bill Russell, and that says enough. John Stockton was great but he never won a championship, yet he still gets mentioned? Isiah is a career 20pt, 10 ast, point guard with 2 Championships, and numerous other accomplishments. I'm going out on a limb to say that it is not by accident tht he is not mentioned. I would just like someone to plese narrow it down to the specific agenda.

Sam - (368)

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Isiah certainly was one of the top NBA guards and a top Piston player. I believe he is on the list of the top 50 all-time players.

Cousy and Stockton are hard to rank, since they were mainly known for assists. Not counting them or any acitve players, I would put Thomas on the 3rd team of all-time players. Jordan, Johnson, Robertson, West all rank above Thomas.

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All-time NBA

Changing centers to PF

August 20, 2003

Question

all-time nba first team

C Wilt Chamberlain
PF Bill Russell
SF Elgin Baylor
SG Michael Jordan
PG Oscar Robertson

all-time nba second team

C Shaquille O'Neal
PF Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
SF Larry Bird
SG Jerry West
PG Magic Johnson

all-time bench

C Bob Petit
F Karl Malone
G John Stockton

Mahendra - (273)

Answer

Looks like a good list. Changing some centers to power forward allows more great players to be included.

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All-time NBA

Russell at PF

April 15, 2003

Question

This would be my all time starting lineup

PG magic johnson
SG Michael Jordan
SF Larry Bird

Then I would have Bill Russel and Wilt in

PF Bill Russell[he is a winner]
C Wilt Chamberlin[ I think he is the best player ever]

Harris - (949)

Answer

Thanks for the input.

Putting Russell at power forward is an interesting idea. The big problem with Wilt is he was too good and didn’t have the "killer instinct" to win like Russell did.

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All-time NBA

All-time picks

April 2, 2003

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My all-time picks:

Center - Bill Russell - revolutionized the game defensively; I'd then have Kareem coming off the bench - imagine how the other team would feel.

Point Guards - Magic Johnson (perhaps the greatest team context player ever) and Bob Cousy.

Shooting Guards - Michael Jordan (clearly the greatest individual player ever) and Oscar Robertson - imagine someone actually averaging triple doubles over an entire season - IMHO, one of the greatest feats in all sports ever.

I would add a sixth man category and select John Havlicek who had the best court sense of any player I've ever seen.

Phil - (950)

Answer

Good picks. Also, Havlichek probably was the best all-around sixth man.

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All-time NBA

Oscar

March 8, 2003

Question

Oscar was a point guard.

Daniel - (951)

Answer

Somebody else mentioned that too. I don’t think they used that expression then. I was also thinking of whether Jerry West took the ball up or not.

Thanks. I’ll update that info.

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All-time NBA

Different line-up

March 8, 2003

Question

I really feel that in order to make the perfect team, you need a group of players who new how to win and where talented on both sides of the ball, not just big names and big scorers.

Here is my starting line-up:

Center: Bill Russel
Small forward: Larry Bird
Power forward: Moses Malone
Shooting guard: Michael Jordan
Point guard: Pete Maravich

I know this is an odd line-up and im putting a couple guy's out of there element, but I really feel that this is the perfect line-up. I beleve that each one of these players can help the other in a game, for instance, bill russel could defend and lead a team like no other, but he
wasn't a strong scorer so I put the ultimate scoring and rebounder (moses malone) at power forward to back up russel. Larry bird was an excellent outside shooter but wasn't known for his speed and running the floor ability, so I put pistol pete there to run the floor and control
the tempo and find larry for those big shots when they are needed. And last but not least there's jordan at shooting guard, I believe with moses malone and russel controllng the inside and larry bird controlling the middle, pistol pete and jordan could run the floor and pick them off from the outside as well as find the open man and make plays. This line-up has 3 great defenders, 4 great scorers and more than a dozen championship rings on a 5 man roster and nobody's under 6'5.

Please write me back and give me your opinion.

- (952)

Answer

I would agree with that line-up except for Maravich. He was a shooter and not much of a passer. He averaged 44 points a game in college, primarily since the coach (his father) told the other players to give the ball to Pete.

To me, Magic Johnson was the ultimate point guard. At 6-9 he could see the whole court, and pass over defenders. With the Lakers, he was "the stick that stirred the drink."

On the other hand, someone like John Stockton certainly has been a tremendous passer and team quarterback and would be a good choice too.

Russell was the true winner, with championships whenever he was in the line-up.

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All-time NBA

Top 10 NBA

February 25, 2003

Question

I'm looking for a list of the top 10 NBA scorers, reboudners, assists leaders, etc of all time. I have looked everywhere but can't find it. Can you help me?

Thanks,

Dave - (953)

Answer

Try http://www.nba.com/history/all_time_leaders/AllTimeLeadersPTSQuery.html

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