Celebrated as few college athletes had ever been, on going pro he became one of the richest athletes in the world. Though he perhaps failed to live up to his astonishing potential, in the NBA named him one of the 50 greatest players of its first 50 years. He was the only one so honored who did not survive to see the ceremony, having died of massive heart failure nine years earlier at The proximate cause of death was a rare, previously undiagnosed heart defect, but as Mark Kriegel makes abundantly clear in his compelling biography, Pistol , Maravich lived not only exceedingly hard—even by pro athlete standards—but also in almost unrelenting psychic torment. Surely the anguish and self-loathing were in part genetic: his mother, also long beset by depression and like Pete an alcoholic, killed herself at the height of his NBA stardom. Press turned his son into a national sensation, urging him to shoot at will and otherwise showcase his array of otherworldly moves for the delight of spectators and, more important, the media. The irony is that in turning his son into Pistol Pete, Press Maravich destroyed himself as a coach.
When I was 12, shortly after I joined a youth-basketball team, my father summoned me to the living room. Naturally, I was dubious. In what sense could basketball be considered homework? And who was Pistol Pete Maravich anyway?
Tuesday, October 18th, and is filed under Uncategorized. These basketball training drills were developed by Pete and his father, Press Maravich and are the same drills that Pete practiced when he was a young up-and-coming player. Announcer: The legend is back!