Bob Pettit Rumors
Justin Kubatko: Highest TS% by a player with at least 50 points in an NBA Finals game: 74.9 – Giannis Antetokounmpo, 2021 G6 69.2 – LeBron James, 2018 G1 61.6 – Bob Pettit, 1958 G6 61.2 – Michael Jordan, 1993 G4 56.7 – Jerry West, 1969 G1 56.1 – Elgin Baylor, 1962 G5 48.8 – Rick Barry, 1967 G3 pic.twitter.com/9uHSBga4ZJ
Basketball-Reference: 42 points and 12 rebounds in an #NBAFinals game: Bob Pettit Elgin Baylor Jerry West Rick Barry John Havlicek Wilt Chamberlain Magic Johnson Michael Jordan Charles Barkley Shaquille O’Neal Dwyane Wade Kevin Durant Giannis Antetokounmpo
The final year, the Hawks had a Rookie of the Year NBA legend — Bob Pettit, but left for St. Louis where they won a championship a few years later. “There were a number of reasons why the Hawks didn’t make it here,” Sell said. “The most obvious being the NBA wasn’t anywhere near the league is today. The Hawks also finished in last place all four years they were here.” News clippings from the time show the attendance usually hovered at around 1,000 fans, no match for the other pro team in town. Tickets sold for $1.
In anticipation of his birthday Saturday, I called Bob Pettit a few days ago. What, I wondered, does age 88 mean to this St. Louis sports great? “Well,” he said, “it’s nice to be alive. And nice to be able to do certain things. I’m mobile and able to get around and still think a little bit. Everything seems to be going well. I hope to make it a few more.”
Pettit lives in New Orleans with his wife, Alma. Their house is right near the Longue Vue House and Gardens. He was a St. Louis star, but a Louisianan forever. Raised in Baton Rouge, he famously was cut from his high school junior varsity team and then sprouted all the way to 6-foot-9. He signed to play at nearby Louisiana State, where a statue of him stands tall today. About an hour away in New Orleans, Pettit stays active, going on walks with Alma, sometimes around the gardens, other times around a cemetery, where he said he can “see my old friends. And I try to work out at least five times a week. What I work on mostly is strength and my balance. And that’s what bothers me the most about 88 years old — the fact that I have to be very careful that I don’t fall.
Bob Pettit: “I like to shoot a little, hunt a little, play golf every once in a while, not too much. But I enjoy life. We have a lot of fun. … Life has been wonderful for me. And I’ve enjoyed it. I hope to have another couple of good years.” He follows the NBA today. Game’s changed a little. He watches the New Orleans Pelicans and also the Atlanta Hawks, who moved from St. Louis down south in 1968. Pettit is a franchise great, his No. 9 hanging in the Atlanta rafters, even though he never played there.