Bobby "Slick" Leonard makes Basketball Hall of Fame

Bobby "Slick" Leonard
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Big kudos for former Pacers Coach Bobby "Slick" Leonard.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday that Leonard will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The move comes after a vote from the American Basketball Association Committee, and the induction ceremony will happen in 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.

"When you think of the Indiana Pacers, you think of Bob Leonard. Congratulations, my dear friend," tweeted Larry Bird.


"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."

Info from the Pacers