I’m a kinder, gentler King these days, and the proof is a local announcement that I KNOW I would have felt the complete opposite about five years ago.
The Atlanta Hawks are retiring Pete Maravich’s 44 – good for him and good for the franchise.
Reality is many, MANY of the folks who read this won’t have an opinion because Pete Maravich is nothing more than a name they have heard before . . . maybe. The gargantuan numbers he posted, especially in a college basketball era with no 3-pt line and no shot clock, simply can’t be believed.
Then he turned pro and averaged 24 a game over a 10-year career.
. . . and he was an even better passer.
I’m happy that my team is about to be associated just a little more with the legacy of Pistol Pete.