In an legitimate press unencumber from the Indiana Pacers, Hall of Popularity head coach Slick Leonard has handed away at the age of 88.
Pacers homeowners, Herb Simon, Steve Simon, and the Simon Family, would unencumber an announcement following Tuesday’s news:
“Pacers fans will endure in tips Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard because the spirit of our franchise. With a charisma, intensity, and wit to compare his nickname, Slick made us champions. He modified into our largest fan and our most loving critic, and he personified Pacers basketball for generations of Hoosier households. Most significantly, though, Slick and Nancy are our family, and his passing leaves an unfillable void within the hearts of every person connected with this group. We support the total Leonard family in our prayers, and we acknowledge and honor Slick for what he supposed to our lisp both on and off the court.”
Leonard, who spent seven seasons within the NBA, is the Pacers’ winningest head coach with 529 career victories and three ABA championships. The ABA’s All-Time Coach, Leonard would spend 50 total seasons with the Pacers’ group in multiple capacities, along side 36 seasons as a broadcaster.
The Indiana native is assumed to be one of many lisp’s “50 Best doubtless Gamers,” having been the important participant enshrined within the Indiana College Sports actions Hall of Popularity and at last being inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Popularity.
A banner with his title on it and “529” hangs within the rafters at Bankers Lifestyles Fieldhouse, with Leonard having been an affable man and a father resolve in his time with the group.
He and his wife, Nancy, have 5 younger folks, 12 grandchildren and 6 colossal-grandchildren.