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  •  Some perspective (2+ / 0-)
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    webranding, Hanging Up My Tusks

    When Maravich came out of LSU in 1970, he was one of the tallest guards in the NBA. A 6'5" guard wasn't unheard of, but that was pretty much the limit, there weren't any taller. He was also lightening quick. Pat Riley once told me he was the quickest player he ever had to guard.

    He practically invented the between the legs and behind the back dribble. Today we see that from everyone on the court. When Maravich played, it was unusual to see either once a game. Unless Pete was playing. The man was a magician.

    •  If You Watch The Video I Included (2+ / 0-)
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      Hanging Up My Tusks, Kane in CA

      at the end you see him do something he did throughout his lifetime. Running full speed he would bounce pass the ball between his legs.

      I was born in 1969 in Baton Rouge. My father was finishing his PhD. He will tell you seeing him play was about the most stunning thing ever. The teams he was on sucked.

      He'd do things and people would just shake their heads and say "did that just happen?"

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 08:34:37 AM PDT

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      •  He did this drill (1+ / 0-)
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        Hanging Up My Tusks

        Running full speed while dribbling between his legs. To this day, one of the most amazing things I've ever seen done with a basketball. He made a few training videos. (I kind of wonder if any copies of them still exist.) I watched them all over and over again. 100 behind the back passes with his right hand, hitting a spot on the wall, then 100 with his left hand. It was no accident that he was as good as he was.

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