Pistol The Life of Pete Maravich Author:Mark Kriegel "Pistol" Pete Maravich (1947-88) sported floppy socks and a bushy head of hair, but on a basketball court he could defy the laws of physics. Even before he reached college, his feats were legend. Long before the 3-point rule, he scored 3,667 points in his three varsity years at Southeastern Louisiana College, setting one of many NCAA r... more »ecords that he still holds. "Pistol" wasn't just a shooting phenom; his dribbling and passing skills were also unexcelled. In the NBA, he was a five-time All-Star, but his virtuosity grated against team-oriented systems. Off the court, Maravich was an eccentric, often reclusive outsider. After injury forced his retirement in 1980, he sank into alcoholism and depression. He had just settled peacefully into his conversion to evangelical Christianity when a heart attack struck him down while he was playing in a church pickup game. Mark Kriegel's biography places Maravich's bumpy journey and astonishing accomplishments in bold relief.« less
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