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Hawks Retire 'Pistol' Pete Maravich's No. 44

Maravich's number also has been retired by the New Orleans and Utah Jazz and his college, Louisiana State

Before making his debut into professional basketball, “Pistol” Pete Maravich receives last minute instructions from Coach Richie Guerin, in Atlanta, Oct. 20, 1970, photo: AP/Toby Massey
10 months ago

ATLANTA (AP) — “Pistol” Pete Maravich’s No. 44 has been retired by the Atlanta Hawks, his first NBA team.

The Hawks made Maravich only the fifth player in franchise history to have his number retired. During a halftime ceremony Friday night during a game against Cleveland, Maravich’s number was uncovered in the Philips Arena rafters beside those of Bob Pettit, Lou Hudson, Dominique Wilkins and Dikembe Mutombo.

Maravich’s wife, Jackie, and son, Josh, spoke at the ceremony.

“Pistol” Pete Maravich’s wife, Jackie Maravich, listens as their son Josh speaks while Maravich’s No. 44 Atlanta Hawks jersey is retired during halftime of an NBA basketball game between the Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Philips Arena on Friday, March 3, 2017, in Atlanta. Photo: Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP

The Hawks made Maravich the No. 3 overall pick in the 1970 NBA draft. He averaged 24.3 points in four seasons with Atlanta.

Maravich’s number also has been retired by the New Orleans and Utah Jazz and his college, Louisiana State. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987, one year before his death at 40.

The Hawks wore their Maravich-era blue and green throwback uniform.

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