INDIANAPOLIS – For many the announcement was way over due, but that didn’t make it any less satisfying.
On Friday afternoon the National Basketball Hall of Fame elected former Pacers coach and current broadcast Bobby “Slick” Leonard to the Class of 2014.
Leonard, who is from Terre Haute and played his college basketball at Indiana, becomes the sixth member of the Pacers to be elected to the Hall of Fame.
“It took a little while, but we’re going out in style,” said Leonard in a statement released through the team. “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.”
As the first coach of the Indiana Pacers, Leonard picked up 529 wins with the franchise over his 12 seasons which spanned the NBA and the ABA. Leonard led the team to three ABA championships during the 1970s as the Pacers were the class of that league.
Following his coaching days, Leonard joined the Pacers’ radio broadcast team in 1985 and has been there ever since. His trademark “Boom Baby” has made him a household name in Indianapolis and the NBA.