HoopsHype Pete Maravich rumors
Imagine being the sons of Pete Maravich, a basketball icon and reformed alcoholic and born-again Christian, and watching your childhood come and go without a father who could've made a difference in your life's journey. "To grow up in his shadow, especially around here, it takes a toll, man," said Jaeson, wearily. He is now 34 and finally has the benefit of reflection. "We couldn't be more proud of him. But I always say being his son has been a blessing and a curse." SportsonEarth
In New Orleans, over in the Garden District, two kids picked up a football and tried to follow their father, the quarterback of the Saints. Peyton and Eli Manning have done quite well as Archie's boys, winning three Super Bowls between them. They're headed to the Hall of Fame someday. The success of the Mannings hits close to home for the Maravichs, if only because the Mannings were born and raised, well, so close to Covington. "There was a Manning special on TV and I turned it off," said Jaeson. "I'm certainly happy for their success, and they come across like nice guys. That's not the point. I just got extremely bitter. I honesty believe if my father and my grandpa was around I would've been in the NBA for 10-15 years. Because I never would've quit. I would've had one of the best players of all-time teaching me. Everything I learned about the game was self-taught." SportsonEarth
SLAM: You finished your career in New Orleans, where you and Pete Maravich were supposed to be a dynamic backcourt. But it never quite clicked, in part because you got hurt. Was that frustrating? GG: Very much so. Pete had tremendous skills. He could do anything with the basketball, but we really did not complement one another. I don’t think we played very well together, and I take partial responsibility for that. That team played a little bit more individualist than we should have. Pete was difficult to play with…he had some very strange understandings of how the game should be played. I don’t think you can win with a guard taking 35 to 40 percent of the shots. You have to have better balance, better trust in other players. When you don’t have other greats, you have to run things that make sure you get everyone involved. I don’t know if it’s Pete’s fault that didn’t happen, because it is also the coaches’ responsibility. SLAM
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