Friday, January 19, 2007

Celtic Nation calls "Maravich" a masterpiece

'Maravich' as good as it gets
By: Michael D. McClellan

"Pistol" Pete Maravich was an amalgamated talent, breathtaking to watch and utterly spellbinding in ways that force us to suspend our sense of what is real and what is humanly possible. He was unbridled flair, the ultimate showman. Take the best of the best AND1 Streetball wannabe, multiply it by a factor of ten, double the level of difficulty, and you begin to get the sense of what Maravich considered a routine night on the court. He was Bob Cousy and Magic Johnson. He was Larry Bird and Steve Nash. Maravich was all of this and more, a virtuoso performer the likes of which we may never see again. Now, thanks to a sublime effort by authors Wayne Federman and Marshall Terrill, the story of "Pistol" Pete Maravich is offered up to a whole new generation of basketball fans. It is, simply, the definitive work on one of the greatest players the sport has ever known.

"Maravich," published by Sport Classic Books, is a masterpiece. It takes a near mythical figure and makes him real all over again, and in the process makes us care about the man whose talents were alternately -- some would say simultaneously -- a gift and a curse. It also explores the incredible relationship between Maravich and his father, Press.

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