Movie review "The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend"



From the dawn of its creation one lowly franchise with a flailing New Orleans fanbase needed a hero... and that man was the man they called Pistol...

While browsing Netflix the other night (browsing constitutes looking up he got game because I don't think I've ever seen it and I'm tired of not getting the Jesus Shuttleworth references/jokes) I came across a movie about none other than the first famous Jazzman "Pistol" Pete Maravich. The movie is a narrative telling the story of a very young Maravich age 13 his father and all he taught him about the game and the moment when his coaches (primarily his father and then others) recognized greatness in him.

First for a B movie this was a great film. It has all the elements of a good story. Maravich and his obsession with the game and his desire to make play for the varsity team even though they only start seniors. You find yourself routing for this little underdog with amazing all handling skills. As you see him work through every drill his father comes up with and master them you are amazed and inspired by his dedication. It makes you want to be better and curse yourself for not having the same drive to become an NBA (actually that's just me I should've went out for basketball in high school alas...) Young Pistol's first pass in a game is one you would expect from an NBA level analytical basketball PG.

I enjoyed this film as I felt it helped me better understand the drive and internal motivation an athlete cultivates and ultimately a drive each of us can cultivate within ourselves to succeed in any endeavor we undertake.

What are you waiting for? Get some popcorn and see for yourselves!

Still need more convincing? Here are Maravich's top 10 plays from NBATV (I think):

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