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Pistol by Mark Kriegel
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Older basketball fans will know that Pistol Pete was the Elvis of basketball, a white guy who could play "black" before the black guys did. He was an amazing ball handler and prolific scorer. If there had been a three point line in the late sixties when the Pistol was in college his average would have been 58 a game for his career! As it stands, his scoring record will never be broken. His is a sad story. Kriegel tells it pretty well. Pete dropped dead at age 40 playing in a pick up came with Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family. Pete had become a born again Christian and happy for the first time in his short life. Most curiously the autopsy discovered he suffered from a congenital heart problem which should have killed him at age twenty. Instead, he ran the court full speed for many, many years. I never got to see him in person but lived in Florida during his last year at LSU. He was on TV a lot and a marvel to watch. There are many YouTubes of the Pistol including clips from his classic video Homework Basketball where he demonstrates the fantastic drills invented by Pete and his b'ball coach father Press Maravich. Worth a read by hard core fans.
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