INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Pacers legend Bob "Slick" Leonard will be inducted into The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, officials announced Friday afternoon.
Leonard was the team’s coach from the American Basketball Association. He led the team to three ABA championships during his career, officials said.
Leonard was voted in by the ABA Committee. He is currently in his 29th year with the team as a broadcaster after he coached from 1968 to 1980.
"It took a little while, but we’re going out in style," Leonard said in a statement. "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."
"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."
The induction ceremony will take place in September.