Pete Maravich Rumors
Curry now thanks him for his hip style and welcomes the comparisons. “I think he was one of the first ones that showed creativity with ball-handling and being able to balance that part of the game with just pure scoring,” Curry said. “I know his college records and all that stuff. “That was actually the first time I was put in the same category with him, with his scoring average,” he added. “The game has obviously changed dramatically, and a lot of people have adopted Pistol Pete’s flair for the game, but him being an innovator, that’s what I call him, an innovator, because he pushed the envelope.”
Resthaven family service counselor Judy Melancon estimates that at least 200-300 people come visit his 44-by-14-inch grave marker on a yearly basis, located in the Garden of Prayer section. “We have people that have bought their property because he was buried here because they wanted to be as close as possible,” Melancon said.
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.