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Why Didn't Pistol Pete Ever Win?

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Over and Back NBA Podcast

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The NBA career of "Pistol" Pete Maravich is discussed in the latest episode of Over and Back's Basketball Mysteries of the 1970s series. Jason Mann is joined by KL Chouinard of Hawks.com and the ATL and 29 podcast, and they discuss why Maravich's brilliant individual skills didn't translate to much team success, his unrivaled fame coming into the NBA, being a favored white star in an increasingly black-majority league, how he was similar to Steph Curry in awing crowds, and how personal struggles helped keep Maravich from achieving more.

They also talk about Maravich having a hard time fitting in with a very good Hawks team, how the Hawks were reshaped in Pistol's image, how Maravich and Lou Hudson eventually became a very good scoring tandem, Maravich's falling out in Atlanta and trade to the expansion New Orleans Jazz, his sometimes wild person behavior, how Maravich eventually had his best run with the Jazz before injuries and egos derailed the team, his 68-point effort against the Knicks in 1977, being released after the Jazz move to Utah, finally finding a great team as a bench player on Larry Bird's Celtics, and leaving the Celtics in training camp after a run-in with coach Bill Fitch.