Basketball is a game that, when played well, requires enormous skill.
Great players appear to make everything look simple and easy.
Maybe you'll be on a team that wins the world championship, and they'll give you a big ring! I wanted that ring more than anything in the world, so I began a strict commitment to basketball. When my friends went to the lake to swim, I stayed in a 104-degree gym and worked on drills homework basketball, my dad called it. I took my basketball into empty movie theatres and dribbled on the carpeted aisle during movies. When I got a bike, I learned to dribble while riding it and, later, while hanging out the passenger side of a car.
One weekend I partied with a friend all the way out to a Campus Crusade for Christ conference to perform the Show Time Clinic that my dad and I put on all over the world.
After spending four seasons in Atlanta, Maravich was traded to the New Orleans Jazz where he peaked as an NBA showman and superstar.
He made the All-NBA First Team in 1976 and '77 and the All-NBA Second Team in 1973 and '78.
When we arrived, I saw people holding hands, plucking guitars and singing about Jesus. But I couldn't leave, so for the next three days I heard about Jesus Christ. When Bill Bright, Campus Crusades founder, gave a simple message about Christ and an invitation to know Him, hundreds of young people went forward. I'm going to get my ring, then I'll have time for God, I decided.
My friend, who was just like me, jumped out of his seat with tears in his eyes and gave his life to Christ. And I went back to LSU, averaged over 44 points a game, and in 1970 signed the largest contract in sports history.
As a result, he developed incredible ball control, shooting skills and passing ability. It was at Daniel that he earned the nickname ‘Pistol’ because of his style of shooting.
He threw the ball from his hip resembling a gun-slinger.