‘Pistol’ Pete Maravich, ‘Pistol’ standing for his fake wrist pass like he were holding a pistol, played basketball at Daniel High School before moving to LSU under his coach-father.
At LSU, Maravich scored 3,667 points and was considered among the greatest players in college basketball history who never made it to the NCAA tournament.
Maravich was later selected by Atlanta Hawks though a record $1.9 million signing. He averaged 23.2 ppg in his rookie season and was named to the NBA All-Rookie team.
After 4 seasons With the Hawks, he moved to the New Orleans Jazz before moving in 1980 to the Boston Celtics where he played the rest of the season with the legendary Larry Bird.
Maravich retired in the fall of 1980 due to his injury that later saw him enter into alcoholism, yoga, religion among other things. Finally, in 1988 the Pistol collapsed while playing basketball in a gym and died of a heart attack. He was only 40 at the time.
Ironically, when Pete was 25 he had told a Pennsylvania reporter, ‘I don’t want to play 10 years in the NBA and then die of a heart attack at 40.’
Pete Maravich was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987 at age 39, becoming among the youngest players ever to be inducted.
Also, the LSU named the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in his honor in 1988.