Rest In Peace to one of the greatest passers of all time! RIP Pistol Pete!
The best anniversaries get celebrated. Others get commemorated, observed or simply remembered. This is one of those.
Twenty-five years ago on this date, “Pistol” Pete Maravich died suddenly after a pick-up basketball game in Pasadena, Calif. He was 40 years old.
Lots of great things in NBA history happened on Jan. 5. Wilt Chamberlain scored 50 or more points on that day for four consecutive seasons (1960-1963). Magic Johnson dished 22 assists against Philadelphia on Jan. 5, 1983, then Nick Van Exel (1997) and Rajon Rondo (2011) pushed that to 23. Hall of Famer Alex English was born on Jan. 5, 1954 and four-time All-Star Spencer Haywood made his NBA debut on that day in 1971.
Maravich’s plans for Jan. 5, 1988, though, were hardly memorable, his expectations low, as Bill Dwyrewrites in the Los Angeles Times:
Everything seemed normal that morning in the…
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