News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Latest News

February 14, 2014

Pacers’ legend ‘Slick’ Leonard to be inducted into Hall of Fame

TERRE HAUTE — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday, Feb. 14, that Bob “Slick” Leonard, the franchise’s legendary coach from the American Basketball Association will be inducted into the Hall of Fame after being voted in by the ABA Committee. The induction ceremony will take place this September.

Leonard, who has the number 529 (his number of coaching victories) retired by the Pacers, led the Pacers to three ABA championships during his career. He currently is in his 29th year with the team as a broadcaster after coaching the team from 1968 to 1980. This is the third straight year a member of the Pacers has been cited by the ABA Committee for the Hall of Fame following Mel Daniels induction in 2012 and the late Roger Brown in 2013.

“It took a little while, but we’re going out in style,” said Leonard, who grew up in Terre Haute, was part of a national championship team at Indiana and played and coached in the NBA. “For me, it’s a legacy for your children and your grandchildren. It’s great recognition again for the ABA Pacers, the Pacers’ franchise and it’s also great recognition for the State of Indiana and its basketball history and tradition at all levels, high school, college and professional.”

“I couldn’t be happier for Slick Leonard, who has meant so much to this franchise, this city and this state,” said Pacers’ Owner Herb Simon. “It’s a well-deserved honor and makes all of us with the Pacers very proud. Boom Baby!”

“Personally, I’m very happy for the Leonard family,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. “I have always had the utmost respect for Slick, for his college career, his NBA career, his ABA career and his broadcasting career with the Pacers. He is what Indiana basketball is all about, from his knowledge of its history to the success he has had with the game. He’s very deserving and definitely has earned his spot in the Hall of Fame. When you think of the Indiana Pacers, you think of Bob Leonard. Congratulations, my dear friend.”

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees Pistorius Trial: Adjourned Until May 5 Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Today in History for April 16th Ukraine: Military Recaptures Eastern Airport Raw: Horse Jumping Inspires 'Bunny Hop' Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge Combat Vehicles in East Ukraine Fly Russian Flag India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Raw: Storm Topples RVs Near Miss. Gulf Coast
NDN Video
Jenny McCarthy Engaged to "New Kid" Kate and Will Land in Oz Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Bay Area Teen Gets Prom Date With Help From 'Breaking Bad' Star Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 1 WATCH: Women Fight To Marry Prince Harry! O’Reilly Launches Preemptive Strike Against CBS Pixar Unveils Easter Eggs From its Biggest Movies Baby Sloths Squeak for Their Cuddle Partners in Adorable Video Miley Cyrus Hospitalized After Severe Reaction To Medicine Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Toddler climbs into vending machine 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Much-Anticipated 'Gone Girl' Trailer Finally Debuts! (VIDEO) Dog and Toddler Wear Matching Outfits in Adorable Photo Series VP Biden: "World witnesses ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things" It's Official! Michael Strahan Joins "GMA" Blood Moon Time-lapse Actress Lake Bell Goes Topless The Five Weirdest Local Taxes in America
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity