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by Ron Kurtus

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

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What about Bernard King?

Topic: All-time NBA

Question

January 27, 2005

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

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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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Curious to see your team

Topic: Top 50 NBA

Question

January 21, 2005

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

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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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Pistol" Pete Maravich

Topic: All-time NBA

Question

January 8, 2005

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

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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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How to hold the paddle?

Topic: Table Tennis Service

Question

December 28, 2004

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

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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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Raquetball speed

Topic: High Velocity Ball

Question

December 9, 2004

WHAT IS THE AVERAGE AND/OR FASEST RACQUETBALL SPEED?

- USA

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Answer

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

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Wants to be a good player

Topic: All-time NBA

Question

December 5, 2004

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

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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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Putting spin on ball

Topic: Table Tennis Service

Question

October 26, 2004

How do you put tremendous spin on a serve?

- USA

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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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Ball is long and is hit

Topic: Table Tennis

Question

October 13, 2004

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

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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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Opinion on top 10 players

Topic: All-time NBA

Question

October 11, 2004

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

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

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Poosible to put table tennis on top of pool table?

Topic: Table Tennis

Question

October 6, 2004

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

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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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