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Anyone get to see Pete Maravich play

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Posted: 1/13/2013 11:45 PM

Anyone get to see Pete Maravich play 


In the story on Kentucky's main page about the A&M game, they said Pete Maravich holds the top four scoring games against Kentucky in program history. He had performances of 62, 55 and 52 points (twice) from 1968-70 at LSU. Maravich had 6 of the 19 previous 40-plus scoring games against the Wildcats.

Per wiki "Pistol Pete" is still the all-time leading NCAA Division I scorer with 3,667 points scored and an average of 44.2 points per game. All of his accomplishments were achieved before the three-point line was introduced to NCAA basketball, and despite being unable to play varsity as a freshman under NCAA rules.

Former LSU head basketball coach Dale Brown charted every college game Maravich played, taking into consideration all shots he took. Brown calculated that Maravich would have averaged thirteen 3-point scores per game, lifting his career average to 57 points per game !!!

I was fortunate enough to see Pete play during the 1977-78 season with the New Orleans Jazz. Injuries to both knees forced him to miss 32 games during that season, but when he played he was amazing. Almost all his shots were from very long range.

You could buy a ticket for a $1 in the nose-bleed section in the Superdome. After the game started, my friends and I would move to better seats in the $4 section. I always tried to get 3 or 4 friends to go so we could split the expensive $5 parking.
"Laissez les bons temps rouler"
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Posted: 1/14/2013 9:36 AM

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I saw Pete play almost every home game he played at LSU.  I still have not ever seen a player as good as Pete was. He had range on his shots and he was the greatest ball handler I have ever seen at any level. Being a 6'5" guard didn't hurt either. 

I was also good friends with Pete both at LSU and when he was with the Jazz. He was a troubled person , but a nice guy. I just wish all here could have wintnessed the greatest college player ever
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Posted: 1/14/2013 11:15 AM

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Most remember Pete for his scoring, but the best thing he did was pass the ball. Some of his passes were just unreal. Someone said they saw him in Ft. Worth pass the ball to himself, behind the back, off the glass for a layup. Unreal.

Do you remember Truck Robinson? Robinson led the NBA in minutes played (3,638), defensive rebounds (990), total rebounds (1,288) and rebounds per game (15.7) during the same 1977-78 season. The Jazz traded him during that season but he was as exciting to watch as Pete that year

I'm jealous that I didn't get to see Pete play live at LSU
"Laissez les bons temps rouler"
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Posted: 1/31/2013 9:58 PM

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I did - at Auburn - droopy socks and all.  Y'all are right - he was amazing!  And seemed to be such a nice guy, too.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 3:29 PM

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Saw him, his junior year, in Athens, Ga. against the Dawgs.  I will never forget it.

He had only 16 points at the half, and had at that point a poor shooting night.  When they came back on the court for warmups before the second half started, he hit four or five shots in a row from about 40 ft out, and I knew the second half would be different.

The game went into overtime, and as the game ended, he walked toward the center court line, close to the LSU bench and threw up a 45 foot hook shot, that hit nothing but nylon.  He finished the second half with an additional 42 points ( 58 for the game ).   I still have the ticket stub in a sports photo album.  The ticket cost me $4.00.  What A DEAL.....

He was the most exciting basketball player I ever saw play, and that includes Micheal Jordan.
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Posted: 2/2/2013 10:21 AM

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I am an Ole Miss grad. I got to see Pete M. play Ole Miss twice in Oxford. He was every bit as good as advertised. He not only was a great player, he knew how to put on a show. He scored in the 40s the times I saw him play, about 1/2 of the LSU pts as I remember.

One of the games, he was stalling for the last shot at halftime and Ole Miss just let him run down the clock. He stood near half-court, with his droppy socks, and spun the ball on his finger. Everyone was booing, to the top of their lungs, but really loving it. We knew, even then, we were watching something special. I guess it turned out to be a lifetime memory.

Pete Maravich and Dan Issel are the two best players, I remember visiting Tad Smith Coliseum.
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Posted: 2/4/2013 8:20 PM

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Saw him play in Oxford his Sophomore year.  We went to the game thinking he was a "hot Dog" but left believing he was the best we had ever seen in college.  Score 40 something points that night but I believe he could have scored 80 if he had not passed off as much as he did.  He was an amazing passer , ball handler and shooter.
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Posted: 2/5/2013 6:49 PM

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I saw him play for 3 years.  He was absolutely amazing at passing the ball.  I can still remember some of those passes.
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Posted: 2/5/2013 10:23 PM

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I saw him play at Pauley Pavillion in a December, 1971 game against the4 time national champion UCLA team.  The Bruins mauled the Tigers, setting a UCLA scoring record--137 points, I think.

Maravich was brilliant. John Wooden was in awe of his talent.  But Pete was outplayed by UCLA's great forward, Sidney Wicks.
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Posted: 2/6/2013 1:03 AM

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I saw him play in Ocford when 8-9 years old and still remember the socks . Heard he was superstitious about them .. Don't know if it was true.
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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:29 AM

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When he was about 14 or 15 years old you would see him in Clemson, SC (where his dad was the coach) walking down the sidewalk dribbling a basketball, ever where he went he had his basketball.  He would dribble the ball from one class to another while at school. He played as a 9th grader on the Daniel High School varsity team.  He could make passes at that time that would blow your mind ( and hit his fellow teammates in the face if they were not paying attention tongue).  He was so small that his shot started at his right hip and he would bring the ball up in one motion. The best memory I have of him was his older brother.  They were playing one night and Pete went in for a layup and another player cut his legs out from under him and he hit the court hard.  His brother Ronnie picked him up off the floor and Pete looked like a wet disk cloth as Ronnie picked him up.  After a time out to give Pete a chance to shake it off, the next play Ronnie accidentally let his elbow get a little high and into the face of the player who cut Pete's legs out from under him.  Broke his nose. devil
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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:08 AM

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I'll never forget the post I read on here a while back about a guy who had a homemade videotape of all the Pistol Pete highlights he could find. One day he popped it in to watch and found that his wife had used it to over tape her soap opera and all was lost. I never heard more about their marriage.
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Posted: 2/12/2013 9:56 PM

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Saw him at Ole Miss. Best player at any level I/probably we ever saw. Only game we packed the Tad Pad and the crowd gave standing O's to him numerous times. Incredible player.
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Posted: 2/19/2013 9:27 PM

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I am as true a Vol fan as anybody but I fell in love with Pete Maravich and was a die hard Tiger fan during his years there. To me he was the basketball version of the Beatles. Stokley Athletic Center was packed to the rafters way before the Tigers came out to warm up. Ernie Grunfeld, Bernard King and Pistol Pete are my all time favorites.
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Posted: 2/20/2013 4:52 PM

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Posted: 2/20/2013 4:53 PM

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Posted: 3/2/2013 11:31 PM

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I was a fan but didn't get the opportunity to see him much before cable.  Bought his 4 basketball instructional videos.  Got to see Larry Bird when he came to play Tulsa University and became a big fan.. point being..  I was real excited when the two of them were playing together on the Boston Celtics.  Talk about cool and exciting but the Pete quit.  The next year Boston won the Championship and Pete, literally, was going to commit suicide because he was so depressed and always wanted to win a championship.  Glad he didn't but definitely one of those what ifsdisbelief; wish he would have stayed.  The Celtics were so known for their passing and assists.  I am still bummed out.
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Posted: 3/3/2013 10:30 AM

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Clemson Tiger here. Pete lived around the corner from me during his early high school years. He would walk down the street dribbling the ball, quite often to the theater down town, a distance of 1 1/2 to 2 miles.  Sometimes he would sit in the car with his Dad driving, roll down the window and dribble the ball as they drove along. The theater manager was constantly telling Pete to stop dribbling the ball in the theater because the other viewers could not hear.

About six months before Pete's death, he returned to Clemson to show his wife and children where he had lived as a young boy. I was in my yard when he drove by. He stopped and we visited for about 45 minutes. We talked about the people he knew in our neighborhood. Pete experienced some problems in his earlier years but had turned his life around. He pointed to his wife and said "she is the one who turned my life around". His children laughed when I told them some stories about their Dad when he lived in Clemson.

I happened to have the radio on the day of Pete's sudden death. What a shock to hear that news. I will always fondly remember that visit with Pete and his family. He was truly a gifted athlete who set many records on the basketball court but it was his life changing experience of which I am most proud.
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Posted: 3/3/2013 2:36 PM

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Pete Maravich was the special guest/instructor at the Basketball camp at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama that I attended in about '72 or '73 and everyone there was absolutely in awe. His ball handling demonstrations and skills were incredible. He was the complete basketball player. Great ball handling skills, a great passer and he could hit just about any shot he put up. I got his autograph and a picture taken with him. He was also a great man to be round.He spent a lot of time with parents and coaches there talking basketball. I was a big fan.
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Posted: 3/3/2013 4:34 PM

I saw Pete play Georgia in Athen Ga 


LSU was up by about 8 and Pete was running the clock out in the last minute, Dribbled around the last 25 seconds then hooked one in from Half Court and ran to the dressing room like it was routine. This is a true story , Look it up
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