Pistol Pete Maravich Author:Bill Gutman They call him "Pistol." He plays basketball for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. Both friend and foe agree that he is going to be one of the greatest ever to play the game. — But this is not just the story of one man. It is a tale of both a father and a son. When Pete played for LSU, his father, Press Maravich, was his coach as well. The Pistol aver... more »aged almost 45 points a game for three varsity seasons, becoming a college basketball's all-time scoring champion, a consensus All-American, and a national celebrity.
Then the inevitable-a million-dollar pro contract, the resentment of his veteran Hawk teammates, and the tremendous pressure to become an NBA superstar. The Hawks started the season off balance, and blamed Pistol. They remained losers until, at a secret meeting in January, 1971, they decided to accept Pete Maravich. During the rush to the playoffs and the final series against the Knicks, Pistol Pete Maravich was again a driving force, earning the highest praise of his once hostile teammates. The end was just the beginning though. After the final buzzer his teammate, Walt Hazzard, had a warning for other teams: "He is going to be a monster."« less