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In Review: Pistol

Posted on 14. Aug, 2010 by FSM Staff in General Sports, NBA

In Review: Pistol

Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich takes the reader on a surprising journey through light and dark while telling the tale of a basketball legend that will not be soon forgotten. Perhaps the quote that appears on the soft cover version of this intriguing biography written by Mark Kriegel summarizes this literary effort best by stating that, “His game was lordly, inimitable, and he should have been the greatest player to ever play the game. This great book will explain why he was not…”

I was excited to read this book for a few reasons. Primarily I wanted to learn a little more about the legendary Pistol Pete as he terrorized opponents in the NBA before my time as a fan (and as a human being). Secondarily, the book’s first couple of pages are lined with nearly 50 quotes from people in the media who are singing its praises. I figured so many experts couldn’t be wrong and delved in to 323 pages of basketball history with high expectations.

Pistol reads more like a chronicle than a biography. Many names and dates are hurled at the reader often times disrupting the flow of the narrative. Kriegel succeeds in providing a highly detailed account of Pete Maravich’s life but it comes at a cost. This is not the typical page turning sports biography which may be unappealing to a less seasoned reader. It is more of a textbook about the Maravich family beginning with a lengthy background about Pistol’s notorious father Press Maravich and ending with a melancholy update on what the Pistol’s two sons have been up to in the last few years.

It would be impossible to tell the story of Pistol Pete without mention of his hard driving father and the turmoil he was experiencing in his family life. Kriegel documents a number of incidents and relays many tales when only a few would have sufficed. The thesis of Pistol is perfectly clear and its themes reoccur on nearly every page. Before the reader makes it half way through this book, they will have a good understanding of all the demons the Pistol was dealing with. After a while, the stories of demons become overkill. Pistol takes on a dark tone, and maybe rightfully so, but it would have been nice to read more about Maravich’s exploits as a professional basketball player and the magic he created on the hardwood.

Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich has great historical value for fans of the college and professional game. It answers a multitude of questions including why a guy as talented and skilled as Pete Maravich never won a title or why he will never be considered in the same breath as Michael Jordan or Wilt Chamberlain. But people looking for a quick read or page-turner should try finding their fix elsewhere. Pistol is recommended for avid fans of basketball and sports historians only. The fringe would be better suited to remember Pete Maravich by watching YouTube highlights or the occasional feature on ESPN Classic.

Lorenzen Wright Memorial

Posted on 03. Aug, 2010 by FSM Staff in Highlight, NBA

Lorenzen Wright Memorial

Tragedy seems to be striking the sports world more than usual these days with the recent deaths of Steve McNair and Chris Henry just to name a few. Lorenzen Wright is the latest sports figure to lose his life in what can only be described as a senseless act of violence.

Though the circumstances surrounding Wright’s death are still a mystery, the Memphis Police Department knows one thing for certain: Lorenzen Wright was murdered.

The Memphis police claim to be working hard to solve the case which they have ruled a homicide. Wright’s body was found in the woods outside of Memphis, multiple gunshots being the cause of death. It is not clear why Wright was murdered though there is talk of a high profile Memphis drug dealer being involved. Whatever the circumstances, Lorenzen Wright deserved to exit this life with much more dignity and our heart goes out to him and his family.

Lorenzen Wright is described as a “people person” who “never met a stranger” by close friends. The owner of the Memphis Grizzlies, one of the NBA franchises Wright played for during his 13 year career, said that Wright “…delighted fans on the court with his passion and off the court with his generosity in [the] Memphis community…”

After a productive stint at the University of Memphis, Wright came in to the NBA as the #7 lottery pick with the Los Angeles Clippers. During his lengthy career, he also played for the Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, and Cleveland Cavaliers. A physical presence in the paint, Wright had career averages of 8 points and 6.4 rebounds while playing in a total of 778 professional games.

A statement made by NBA coaching legend Hubie Brown, who coached Wright during his time with the Memphis Grizzlies, does a good job of summarizing Wright’s career and the impact he had on his teammates:

“In my second season with the team…he helped us win 50 games and make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. He had a physical presence, understood his job, was totally professional and, in our style of play, he excelled. He was well-respected by his peers because of his ability to be flexible. He’s an upbeat guy, and really enjoyed leadership. He was an emotional leader who could also back it up with his physical play.”

Another good guy gone. Rest in Peace Lorenzen Wright.


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