It was a seemingly normal basketball game at the First Church of the Nazarene in Pasadena, California.
pete maravich gun came rolling into the gym. At age 40, the Louisiana State University superstar and Hall of Fame basketball player was still turning heads. her tousled hair, loose socks, and baggy shirts bounced in congruence with her dribbling. the tangible trademarks of the game of it full of dynamism.
gun was changing a new blade. until recently, his life was dedicated to basketball. he now he dedicated it to Christianity. He was in Southern California to discuss plans for a biographical film and to appear on religious author James Dobson’s radio show.
“I feel great,” Maravich said.
Her last words hurt.
how did pete maravich die?
He collapsed on the floor. 50 minutes later, she was gone. The five-time NBA All-Star suffered a heart attack on January 5, 1988. An autopsy revealed that he had a rare congenital heart defect; he was born without a left coronary artery. to compensate, his right coronary artery was enlarged and overloaded.
The news devastated the world of basketball. but there was more to the story.
pistol pete predicted his death 14 years earlier
In 1974, Pistol Pete sat down for an interview with Andy Nuzzo of the Beaver County Times. During the interview, which was assigned to Nuzzo due to increasing apathy toward Maravich’s game with the Atlanta Hawks and Pete’s vocal discontent with the criticism, the LSU legend had his moment of insight.
“I don’t want to play 10 years in the NBA and die of a heart attack at 40.”
pistol pete played exactly 10 years in the nba, from 1970 to 1980, before knee problems ended his career. his premature death occurred at the age of 40. When the news of his passing reached Nuzzo, the reporter was shocked. “That’s a little scary,” Nuzzo told the The Times. “The story was on my desk when I got to work. I read it and read it and read it. I couldn’t believe it. It all clicked.”
pistol pete’s career in the nba
related: pete maravich’s college career will never be surpassed
maravich grew up with a ball in his hands. She was a high school superstar in North Carolina and South Carolina, but it was when she arrived at LSU that the gun started firing. Under the guidance of her father, head press coach Maravich, Pete had a perpetual green light.
In three seasons on the Tigers varsity team, Pistol averaged an absurd 44.2 points per game without the 3-point line. he won college player of the year twice, second-place player of the year three times, and scored 3,667 points over the course of his career. he remains the all-time leading scorer in ncaa division i.
The college basketball record doesn’t seem to be threatened any time soon.
maravich was selected third in the 1970 nba draft by the atlanta hawks. He didn’t fit in well at Atlanta, largely due to his vigorous style and lucrative contract, but he made the NBA’s first rookie team in 1971. He was traded to the New Orleans Jazz after four seasons.
The showman showed off his skills on the big easy, drawing crowds of more than 30,000 to the superdome. He was part of the all-star three-team NOLA team and led the league in scoring, averaging 31.1 points per game in 1977. The franchise moved to Salt Lake City in 1979, where it became the Utah Jazz. maravich played one season in utah and finished his career with the boston celtics in 1980. during his 10-year career, maravich averaged 24.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists .
Pistol was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987, securing his place in basketball history. nine years later, the hall of famer was posthumously named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.
pet gun. no, it’s not a trip. what it is, is poetry in motion.
— 70s super sports (@super70ssports) June 4, 2020
The new chapter in Maravich’s life was one without ncaa records or the nba playoffs but filled with a new identity dedicated to religion. UCLA coach John Wooden sang his praises, as did Los Angeles Lakers legend and then-general manager Jerry West. The fateful pick-up game was the last we saw of Pistol Pete the basketball player, and it leaves a blank page on what Pete Maravich the man would have accomplished in his post-practice days.