Pete Maravich Rumors
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has announced the organization’s plans to retire the iconic “Pistol” Pete Maravich No. 44 jersey in a special halftime ceremony when the Hawks host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, March 3. “Pete Maravich is one of the league’s all-time greats, an icon of the game and was a very important figure in pro basketball in Atlanta in the early 1970’s. New generations are discovering the wizardry of his game through YouTube and social media,” Hawks’ Chief Executive Officer Steve Koonin said. “We are proud to hang his No. 44 in the rafters at Philips Arena alongside our other franchise icons – Dominique Wilkins, Bob Pettit, Dikembe Mutombo, Lou Hudson and Ted Turner.”
The Hawks will retire the uniform number of Pete Maravich, according to a person familiar with the situation. A date and details of when the No. 44 will be raised to the rafters of Philips Arena have not been finalized.
Another player who was even more dazzling was the late “Pistol” Pete Maravich. He played in a different era, toiling 10 years from 1970-80. During that time he averaged 24.2 points while compiling 15,948 career points. Heading into Monday’s game against the Denver Nuggets, Crawford needed just five points to tie Maravich, six to pass him. That would only put Crawford into 110th on the all-time list. But to him, it’s still a “cool” thing because of who Maravich was to basketball. “Yeah, that’s crazy,” Crawford said. “That’s unbelievable. That is a name. That’s a name I used to hear about a long time ago. Obviously, the way he was ahead of his time dribbling the ball, passing the ball, the way he played the game was a style all his own.”