I have been thinking a lot about Pistol Pete Maravich lately. I blame Lex for getting me thinking about the good old days. And they were good as far as basketball goes. I did a post remembering Pete back in July after Lex posted an article about Pete's retirement. I was so sad when Pete retired. I always wanted him to get his ring and really felt that if he stayed another year he would have had a chance to get one. And I was right because the Celtics won the championship that season.
Pete's always been one of my favorite all time players and I recently re-read the book Pistol which is a fascinating look at how he and his dad helped to make the game of basketball what it is today. Whether they know it or not, every player and fan today owes a lot to Press and Pete Maravich. The game is what it is because of their innovation and foresight. I've also been watching some of the videos of Pistol Pete and you just have to be amazed at how very good he was. After watching Pete play, you realize that he was truly one of a kind.
You will find some of the best of his videos after the jump.
Here is Pete's 68 point game against the Knicks shot by shot in order. Amazing stuff.
Here are Pete's top ten rarely seen plays.
Here is a mix of Pete at LSU
Here is a mix of the Pistol in the pros.
Finally, here are two of the greatest influences on the NBA as we know it today. Red on Roundball, featuring Pete Maravich. Red and the Pistol. It just doesn't get any better than that.