Raw footage for the 1986 television special "Once a Star" from the NBA Legends basketball game during the 1986 All-Star Weekend. Pete Maravich (1947-1988), former basketball player, is interviewed.
00:00Copy video clip URL Color bars and tone.
01:18Copy video clip URL The tape opens with the camera situated in the back of a large room filled with chairs, functioning as the “1986 NBA All-Star Chapel.” Pete Maravich takes the stage to lead the group of churchgoers in prayer.
04:32Copy video clip URL The tape cuts to Maravich sitting on a couch. The interviewer begins to ask Maravich about his life and career, specifically about becoming Christian in 1982. Maravich states that he doesn’t regret what he’s done with his life before becoming Christian. He talks about the steps he took to becoming Christian (investigating Hinduism, survivalism, UFO-logy, among other things) and says that though he traveled and had money, the only thing that changed his life completely was Jesus Christ.
08:52Copy video clip URL The interviewer asks Maravich about his love of basketball. Maravich says that basketball used to be his god. His style was to be an entertaining player, which was not easily accepted when he began playing. However, Maravich goes on to say that he didn’t really enjoy basketball and that wishes he would have enjoyed it more. Maravich feels that fame and money are fleeting and that he feels like he has gotten a second chance through finding God.
14:52Copy video clip URL Weinberg asks Maravich about becoming involved with a new basketball team called the “Shooting Stars.” Maravich explains the idea will be similar to the Harlem Globetrotters.
16:59Copy video clip URL Maravich runs numerous Christian basketball camps and explains the concept behind them.
19:43Copy video clip URL Tape ends.