The basketball world still remembers ‘The Pistol’ after all these years.
The latest honor for Pete Maravich comes with the news the Atlanta Hawks will retire jersey No. 44 in his honor at a date to be announced later.
Maravich, the former LSU All-American guard who later dazzled more Louisiana crowds as the feature attraction with the NBA’s New Orleans Jazz in the mid-to-late 1970’s, started his pro career in Atlanta. In four seasons with the Hawks (1970-74), he averaged 24.3 points and 5.6 assists per game.
A member of both the Naismith Memorial Basketball and Louisiana Sports Halls of Fame, Maravich remains the all-time leading scorer in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history despite playing just three college varsity seasons for the Tigers. He was also named as one of the top 50 players in the NBA’s first 50 seasons by the league.
Maravich will join another former LSU great, Hall of Fame forward Bob Petit, who also had his jersey retired by the Hawks franchise.