Pete Maravich Best Quotes

Peter Press “Pistol Pete” Maravich (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988) was an American professional basketball player. He was born and raised in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. Maravich starred in college at Louisiana State University (LSU) and played for three NBA teams until injuries forced his retirement in 1980. He is still the all-time leading NCAA Division I scorer with 3,667 points scored and an average of 44.2 points per game. All of his accomplishments were achieved before the three-point line and shot clock were introduced to NCAA basketball and despite being unable to play varsity as a freshman under then-NCAA rules. One of the youngest players ever inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Maravich was cited by the Hall as “perhaps the greatest creative offensive talent in history”. In an April 2010 interview, Hall of Fame player John Havlicek said “the best ball-handler of all time was Pete Maravich.” Enjoy Pete Maravich’s best quotes below.

Pete Maravich
“There is nothing wrong with dedication and goals, but if you focus on yourself, all the lights fade away and you become a fleeting moment in life.”
“They don’t pay you a million dollars for two-hand chest passes.”
“Shooting is nothing. Anybody can shoot. The big charge is putting on a show for the crowd.”
“I don’t want to play 10 years and then die of a heart attack when I’m 40.”
“I lived my life one way for 35 years, for me. And then the focus came in on what I really was.”
“I accomplished what I set out to do, but I lost my discipline and my career.”
“It’s hard when your father’s the coach. Sometimes you don’t know where one leaves off and the other begins.”
“My life had no meaning at all. I found only brief interludes of satisfaction. It was like my whole life had been about my whole basketball career.”
“I got by on talent. That was my fatal mistake.”
“Most of my career was negative.”
“When I arrived, I felt the spotlight shining brightly on me, and I knew the sharks were ready to strike if I did not pan out and prove myself to be the showman and the player the college ranks had labeled me to be.”

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