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by Ron Kurtus

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All-time NBA Artis Gilmore should be included in list USA
Basketball rule changes When dunking was illegal USA
Handball Kill Shots How can I be a pro in handball? Australia
General Playing croquet indoors USA
Basketball rule changes Should add Bob Kurland to list of basketball players USA
Basketball rule changes Basketball rule change USA
Basketball rule changes Did Wilt Chamberlain cause the 20 second timeout? USA
Handball Feel than women can play handball USA
Soccer Why have you not included football? Tanzania
Table Tennis Trouble with table tennis quiz Belgium

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Artis Gilmore should be included in list

Topic: All-time NBA


April 6, 2017

The fact that Artis Gilmore is not included in the 50 best NBA players is a crime. Ask Kareem about Artis, as I did. Ask others who played against him. Ask Hubie Brown who coached him.

Kareem said he hated when Artis came to town. "He was the only guy who could defend me, honestly. And he was the strongest man I ever played against, period."

Glenn - USA



Thanks for the suggestion. I added mention of Gilmore. But actually, since that list was made up in 1996, it really should be updated to include modern players. Perhaps even listing the top 100 players would be appropriate.

I plan to update the whole list soon

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When dunking was illegal

Topic: Basketball rule changes


December 14, 2016

So now I want to know WHY the rules were changed to make dunking legal? And who was the player to first start dunking again?




The NCAA started the "Alcindor Rule" in 1967 because they felt he would dominate the sport too much, although there had been many other big men who dunked before Alcindor. The NCAA officials finally realized that the public liked to see players dunk, and there were many college basketball players that could dunk. So the decided to get rid of the rule.

David Thompson of NC State dunked in his last college game, but it was just before the rule changed. So he was given a technical foul.

I'm not sure who was the first to dink when it was legal.

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How can I be a pro in handball?

Topic: Handball Kill Shots


January 25, 2016

this is not the handball we play at school. We play the one where you have four courts or squares . There is ace kings queens and duns. Ace gets to serve. I want to know how to become a pro at that handball. Because people are so good. And I am jealous. But anyway. Can you do this for me.

Jaymee - Australia



Yes, Australian handball is different that U.S. four-wall handball, but the principles in becoming good in the sport are the same.

You should not be jealous of players who are good in handball. Instead observe them to see what techniques they use that you can employ when you play the game.

You need to know the fundamentals of playing, good footwork and positioning, and how to use your arms properly.

Then practice, practice, practice. The more you play--especially with those slightly better than you--the better your game will be.

You might seek lessons from a pro or a good coach. That often can raise the level of your play.

JUst keep playing and improving, and you may be able to make it as a pro. Best wishes for your success in handball.

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Playing croquet indoors

Topic: General


December 1, 2015

I play croquet with a hard 3 5/8", 16 oz. ball on putting green type grass courts. I want to utilize existing tennis courts, but the surface is like painted concrete. I am looking for a ball with a surface that will slow its motion down on the hard surface. Any ideas?

Michael - USA



There are indoor croquet sets available, such as on Amazon. Also see at Nasco. You might also check your local sporting good store.

I hope that helps. Have fun in your game.

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Should add Bob Kurland to list of basketball players

Topic: Basketball rule changes


July 3, 2015

Dear Ron,

I think you should probably go back and look at the assignment of the goaltending rule. You have left out the person that is most often cited as the cause for the rule to be inserted in 1945. That was Bob Kurland (also the first player recognized to dunk):

Even the George Mikan Naismith citation states it was due to BOTH men, so I think there should be equal credit given on your web site.

Thanks for allowing me to share,

Greg - USA



Thanks for the input. I updated Basketball Players Who Caused Rule Changes to include material about Kurland.

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Basketball rule change

Topic: Basketball rule changes


January 20, 2014

The Information on who is reponsible for rule changes in history of basketball is incorrect. The 3 second rule was introduced to basketball in 1936 as a result of Leroy "Cowboy" Edwards who was an "All American" and "Player of the Country" for the University of Kentucky. Leroy Edwards also has been recognized as one of the top 100 players of all time in the 20th century. He later went on to play in the National Basketball League a forunner to the NBA George Miken was in grade school at the time the rule was inacted.

Dan - USA



Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I added information on Leroy Edwards to Basketball Players Who Caused Rule Changes.

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Did Wilt Chamberlain cause the 20 second timeout?

Topic: Basketball rule changes


December 19, 2013

wilt would feign an injury, usually under 2 min's left in a game to buy time, and gather himself, as he usually was on the floor all 48 min's. was the "20" time out a result of this?




Thanks for the info on Wilt Chamberlain feigning injuries. I'm not sure of the source of the 20 second timeout rule in the NBA. It is somewhat unique among the various basketball leagues. Anyway, it is an interesting thought.

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Feel than women can play handball

Topic: Handball


November 1, 2013

Hi Ron,

First of all, I'm glad you are encouraging people to play handball. It's a great sport that deserves the attention, so thanks. However, as an avid handball player myself and one who has coached a few women in the sport, I have to take issue with some of what you said about why more women don't play handball. In my opinion, it's not the physical nature of the sport that keeps women away from handball. It's lack of encouragement, the "it's-too-physical-for-women" attitude, that keeps many women away.

Women excel at any physical sport or activity they are encouraged to try, gymnastics, ballet, and didn't Diana Nyad just swim from Cuba to Florida? We don't often present handball as an undiscovered sport for women. Handball is a sport that does not discriminate, height and body type simply don't matter. What matters is that you are willing to put in the work to learn a very complex and sophisticated set of skills. Everyone sucks in the beginning, men included.

It's a sport that's perfectly balanced between offense and defense, a sport where thinking and technique count more than brute force. On top of that, it's a great workout that's fun. Handball simply doesn't market itself to women. When it does, it will grow.

Mark - USA



Handball is a great sport and fun to play. I agree that it takes some effort to learn, especially being able to hit the ball with your "off hand". Unfortunately, many who started handball, changed over to racquetball, because it is easier to learn.

I agree that encouraging women to try handball would get more of them involved. Perhaps trying to get the women racquetball players to try the sport would help.

Best wishes in getting more women into the sport.

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Why have you not included football?

Topic: Soccer


September 21, 2011

Why have you not included football? Please may you explain on it

Japhet - Tanzania



I plan to include international football (soccer) and American football in the sports section soon.

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Trouble with table tennis quiz

Topic: Table Tennis


July 12, 2011

What are the answers of the quiz? Can you send me more questions and answers Thanks,

Mini-quiz to check your understanding
(Note: Your browser must be able to use JavaScript for this quiz to function properly.)
1. Could you use an over-sized paddle, similar to an over-sized tennis racquet?
[a. ] No, there is only one size allowed
[b. ] Yes, the rules don't restrict size or shape
[c. ] Only if you are playing a professional player
2. What happens if you serve the ball and the other player returns it before it hits the table on that side?
[a. ] It is your point
[b. ] He gets 2 points for a fly shot
[c. ] You change services
3. Why do some players try to put a spin on the ball?
[a. ] They can't help it, due to the awkward way they hit the ball
[b. ] To show off their skills
[c. ] To make it more difficult to return
If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a champion in table tennis. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

Karl - Belgium



The correct answers are:
1 (b)
2 (a)
3 (c)

You should be able to see the correct answers by clicking on the buttons. If you get a wrong answer, you could click on a different button until you get the correct answer.

Right now, we have only three questions per article. But we will try to include more questions soon.

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