Bobby "Slick" Leonard documentary premiers Tuesday night
Bobby "Slick" Leonard is an Indiana treasure.
Now, the former Pacers coach is the focus of a documentary called "Heart of a Hoosier." It debuts Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
"There are not many people who can go all the way back in their life and see it LIVE again," Leonard told Scott Swan during Monday's Eyewitness News at Noon. "Ted Green, the guy that did the documentary, did a good job."
Both Slick and his wife Nancy got to watch the documentary over the weekend. Nancy's experience was a little different than her husband's.
"It was kind of up and down for me. The drama of realizing where he-- what he had come from, what he is now to everyone was pretty dramatic. I think the big thing was just the amazement of Ted Green who was able to bring all of these people together, go to all these places; he's made tremendous friends with our kids. They all love him. And what he has done for the city. In fact, I'm trying to get a job being his agent."
Slick and Nancy met their freshman year at Indiana University and have now been married for 60 years. While the public knows Slick as the ABA coach who led the Pacers to 529 wins and the soon-to-be hall-of-famer, 60 years with Bobby Leonard the person has left Nancy with a deeper appreciation.
"I don't remember much before we met as freshmen," Nancy said. "I can't imagine not being with him. Of course your personal persona is always different from the public persona, but his is pretty close."
With everything he has accomplished in life, both as the public persona and in his personal life, Slick said he simply wants to be remembered as a winner.
"There's a lot of stages in your life that you have to win - not only in basketball," he explained.