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Sitting here watching the NBA finals.

Made me think of why I love basketball.

I am an LSU guy. Born in Baton Rouge when my father was there finishing his PhD. Went to grad school there myself years later. I recall camping out for a few days to see LSU play Duke in the early 90s. It was outside of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

I don't think most folks know anything about Pistol Pete.

A little about him below the fold.

He is still the all-time leading NCAA Division I scorer with 3,667 points and an average of 44.2 points per game. Keep in mind this was all done before the three-point line was introduced, and despite being unable to play varsity as a freshman under then NCAA rules.

Just listen to Isiah Thomas say he was the shit.

He was as people called him at the time "show time" before the Lakers were.

In the pros he was hobbled with knee problems. Even with that during his ten-year career in the NBA, Maravich played in 658 games, averaging 24.2 points and 5.4 assists per contest.

He had a problem with alocohol. Well known. He found "god" and was working with troubled youths when he dropped dead on a basketball court at 40.

He is why I love basketball .....

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 09:02:17 PM PDT

  •  Pistol Pete Was The Man (1+ / 0-)
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    One of his moves, if you watch the videos I included, was running down the court full force and passing the ball between his legs full stride. Just amazing.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 09:05:07 PM PDT

  •  In College There Was A Time He Put Up 45 (1+ / 0-)
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    Paul Ferguson

    against Kentucky. Rupp said stop him, stop him.

    He put up 68.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 09:11:54 PM PDT

    •  Thanks for the clips. The good old days. (0+ / 0-)

      NBA sucks out loud now.

      Well, I been around the world, and I've been in the Washington Zoo. And in all my travels, as the facts unravel, I've found this to be true.... ...they don't give a f^ck about anybody else

      by Zwoof on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 09:25:17 PM PDT

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  •  I forgot how good that man was. (1+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for the reminder,

    •  When He Came To The Jazz They (1+ / 0-)
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      still played in New Orleans. They started to play their games in the Super Dome just to see him play and handle the demand. People forget this stuff.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 09:36:33 PM PDT

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  •  He was great in the NBA (0+ / 0-)

    But he was from another planet in the NCAA. He could score at will against anybody anywhere on the court. He could also make sure a team mate could score by getting him the ball where he almost couldn't miss.

    Magic Johnson comes close, but was not nearly as good of a shooter as Pistol Pete.

    "Who is John Galt?" A two dimensional character in a third rate novel.

    by Inventor on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 11:06:42 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for the memory lane trip. I was big-time (0+ / 0-)

    into college basketball back in the late 60's/early 70's and Pete was beyond incredible.

    Whose bread I eat, his song I sing.

    by Hanging Up My Tusks on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 01:07:43 AM PDT

  •  Ah the good ole days (0+ / 0-)

    Pistol Pete was amazing.

    My favorite team in the 80's was the old Denver Nuggets with Alex English. Talk about a scoring team. And Alex would just drift to the left or drift to the right...and still fool his defender.

    My all time fav though is Hakeem Olajuwon. I still remember him embarassing David Robinson the night Robinson won his MVP award. Poetry in motion...

    The Spice must Flow!

    by Texdude50 on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 06:43:49 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for the memories... (0+ / 0-)

    ...  I remember watching him at Loyola Fieldhouse and sitting in the cheap seats (purchased at Shoe Town) at the Dome (cheering "French Fries, French Fries" when we got close to 100 points).  He was unbelievable!

    I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

    by Hey338Too on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 09:02:12 AM PDT

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