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Now the accountant tries to blow past Pete with a nifty spin move. Pete tells him not to believe his own hype. The Pistol wears an easy grin. Moments later he banks one in.
That smile again. What a goof.
The game ends. Guys trudge off to the water fountain. Pete continues to shoot around. And now you wonder what he sees.
Is it as he used to imagine? "The space will open up," he once said. "Beyond that will be heaven, and when you go inside, then the space closes again and you are there ... definitely a wonderful place.... Everyone you ever knew will be there."
The preacher asks Pete Maravich how he feels.
"I feel great," he says.
In the next moment Pete begins to sway. Then his eyes roll back. The sound of his head hitting the floor will haunt those within earshot. Pete has begun to foam at the mouth. The preacher holds his head, trying to keep Pete from swallowing his tongue. He and another player administer CPR. Next, the EMS crew takes its turn. As the medics work, shooting jolts of electricity through his torso, the players kneel in prayer.
God's will be done, they say.
Why now? they ask.
Finally, what remains of Pete Maravich is taken away in a slow-moving ambulance. No siren.