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Hicks
04-05-2011, 12:36 PM
http://www.indystar.com/article/20110405/SPORTS04/104050338/1062/SPORTS04/Slick-Leonard-recovering-from-broken-ribs

Yeesh. I forgot that's what can happen in his situation. Rough stretch for anybody, let alone a 78-year old.

But it's good that he's matter-of-fact about getting better, moving forward, and even coming back to radio eventually.

vapacersfan
04-05-2011, 12:42 PM
This was posted in the get well Slick thread, but I agree.

I would love to see him come back to radio, but his health is first.

Also, I thought it was really cool that Larry helped the family out the way he did. Not sure if that is protocol, but thought it was a really cool thing to do

Sollozzo
04-05-2011, 12:57 PM
http://www.indystar.com/article/20110405/SPORTS04/104050338/1062/SPORTS04/Slick-Leonard-recovering-from-broken-ribs

Yeesh. I forgot that's what can happen in his situation. Rough stretch for anybody, let alone a 74-year old.

But it's good that he's matter-of-fact about getting better, moving forward, and even coming back to radio eventually.


Slick is actually pushing 79.

Hicks
04-05-2011, 01:00 PM
I thought it was touching to read about Quinn staying with him.

Trader Joe
04-05-2011, 02:35 PM
Pretty amazing that the Pacers trainers helped save Slick's life after Slick helped save the Pacers.

Constellations
04-05-2011, 11:55 PM
This just proves that there is so much family inside the Pacers franchise. Larry flying out Slick's wife to NYC. Quinn staying with Slick in the hospital. It makes me love this organization so much more.

MagicRat
04-07-2011, 11:10 AM
It's probably been mentioned somewhere, but Slick is returning to the radio broadcast Friday night.....

Larry Staverman
04-07-2011, 03:32 PM
Heard Slick on the MG & Joe show this morning and he sounded great and ready to go. Loved hearing him back in form



http://www.1070thefan.com/bigjoe/podcast.aspx

Bball
04-07-2011, 09:35 PM
This should be here in its entirety for all PD see as well as for the archives for the future PD members. ...IMHO....


Former Indiana Pacers coach and current radio color analyst Bob "Slick" Leonard has never been so happy about having broken ribs.

He knows there's a chance he wouldn't be alive without the broken ribs.

Leonard suffered the injury when medical staff frantically tried to revive him four times after he suffered a heart attack on the team bus after the March 13 game in New York.

"I truly feel blessed to be alive today," Leonard said in a recent phone interview. "They thought they lost me. (Trainers) Josh Corbeil and Carl Eaton beat me up pretty good that night, but they saved my life."

Leonard said team president Larry Bird arranged for a plane to transport Leonard's wife, Nancy, to New York to be with him, and also for their return to Indianapolis. Television analyst Quinn Buckner stayed by Leonard's side during that fearful night.

Center Jeff Foster referred to it as "one of the scariest moments" he has experienced.

Leonard, 78, had two stents inserted into his heart at a New York hospital before returning to Indianapolis.

"I probably wouldn't be here today if I was out by myself that night," Leonard said. "It's a miracle."

Leonard's return to the radio is still undetermined. His main priority is to recover from the broken ribs, which could take six weeks.

Leonard is spending his time at home watching "a lot of basketball," ranging from the high school state championship games, Butler's run through the NCAA Tournament and the Pacers, as they try to reach the postseason for the first time since 2006.

Leonard won 529 games and three ABA titles in 12 years as Pacers coach. He has been a player, coach or broadcaster in pro basketball for 55 years.

"My goal is to get back on the radio at some point, but that's not the main priority right now," Leonard said. "I will get healthy. (Former Pacer) Austin (Croshere) has been doing a great job working with (radio play-by-play announcer) Mark (Boyle). This is an exciting time for the Pacers as they work toward the playoffs."

Mike Well Indystar.com
http://www.indystar.com/article/20110405/SPORTS04/104050338/1062/SPORTS04/Slick-Leonard-recovering-from-broken-ribs

BPump33
04-08-2011, 01:17 PM
From our own Mark Boyle:

Slick Leonard returns to work tonight, less than a month after suffering a heart attack following a game in New York. The man missed just 13 games, which is remarkable when you consider that it was his second such episode and he had two stents implanted into his heart. I could mention that we’ve had players here during my time – I won’t name names, but if you scan the Boston Celtics roster you’ll get a hint - that would have missed more time than that with a hang nail, but I won’t. That would be a cheap shot, and everyone knows that’s not my style.
Austin Croshere stepped in when Slick went down, and it was really a treat to work with him. He approached broadcasting much the same way that he approached his playing career. He comes to work prepared, he wants to learn, he’s extremely receptive to coaching, and he wants to be successful. You’d be surprised how many former players and coaches make the transition from being active participants to observers thinking that all they need to do is show up and start yakking, and it’s been refreshing to work with someone who regards the profession as a challenge and not just a way to stay around the game and cash a check.

Austin can work with me any time. If such an opportunity were to ever come up, I just hope he’ll let me work with him.

http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/blog_boyle.html

Trader Joe
04-08-2011, 01:24 PM
Mark Boyle is an OG.

Since86
04-08-2011, 02:52 PM
The man missed just 13 games, which is remarkable when you consider that it was his second such episode and he had two stents implanted into his heart. I could mention that we’ve had players here during my time – I won’t name names, but if you scan the Boston Celtics roster you’ll get a hint - that would have missed more time than that with a hang nail, but I won’t. That would be a cheap shot, and everyone knows that’s not my style.

:applaud: