Steve Nash To Co-Produce Film On Life Of Pete Maravich
Pete Maravich is one of those athletes who live on the fringes of our recollection: your dad talks about him a lot, whenever the subject of great shooters comes up. And you kind of know who he's talking about, but not totally.
But to Steve Nash, the career and legacy of Maravich is crystal clear.
“Pete is one of my favorite players of all time," Nash said. "I truly admired him and wanted to be more like him. I think we have a great team in place to tell his story in a genuine and heartfelt way that would give this legend the spotlight he deserves and tell a younger generation all about the genius he was.”
Maravich set the all-time college Div. I scoring record with LSU, and was an eight-time NBA All-Star with the New Orleans Jazz (See? That nickname did make sense at one time). Nash, now himself retired from the NBA, will co-produce a feature film about Maravich. The Wrap:
Emmy-nominated filmmaker Brett Rapkin has teamed with Nash and his Meathawk Productions to fast-track a feature film detailing the brilliant yet tragic life and career of NBA Hall of Famer “Pistol” Pete Maravich. Nash will produce with Rob Goodrich, Ezra Holland and George Roy.
Maravich was a brilliant scorer and playmaker who was pressured by his basketball coach father to become the first million-dollar athlete. During a legendary career playing for his father at Louisiana State University, he broke Oscar Robertson’s all-time scoring record, averaging a staggering 44.2 points a game without the benefit of a three-point line. Maravich finished his college career with 3,667 points — a mark that stands to this day.
Maravich's career was marred by injuries and the fact that the Jazz weren't very good. He also struggled with alcoholism and personal tragedy, including the suicide of his mother.
After retiring from the NBA, Maravich teetered on the edge of sanity, building underground bomb shelters and studying Ufology. His life dramatically changed when he placed his faith in God and finally found peace and forgiveness with his father. Maravich died suddenly and tragically at the age of 40 while playing in a pickup basketball game.
Production is slated to start next year in Louisiana.
— The Onion (@TheOnion) December 10, 2015
Ben Simmons scored 43 points last night. Pete Maravich (also LSU) never AVERAGED < 43 ppg in any season, sans shot clock or 3-pt arc.
— John Walters (@jdubs88) December 3, 2015
Win a sparkling bonus no-prize: name the Jazz center in the background, below.
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