View Full Version : The year of the Pacer!!!

02-10-2012, 11:39 AM
With Roy making the all-star team and the great record so far this really could be the year of the Pacer.

If I'm not mistaken usually the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame finalists are announced during the All Star Weekend as well. Here's hoping a number of former Pacers make the final count down and eventually do get in.

Just a reminder from the fine folks at pacers.com

http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/seven_pacers_among_hall_of_fame_nominees_2011_11_1 1.html

Nov. 11, 2011 – Scott Howard-Cooper from NBA.com reported Friday evening that the Pacers have seven former players, coaches or General Managers as nominees for the 2012 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. The list includes former NBA players Reggie Miller, Mark Jackson, and Tim Hardaway; former ABA players Mel Daniels and George McGinnis; former head coach and current radio play-by-play announcer Bobby “Slick” Leonard; and former President and General Manager Donnie Walsh.

As any Pacers fan knows, Reggie Miller spent 18 great years with the organization. He and Mark Jackson, who spent six seasons with the organization, were on the 2000 NBA Finals team. Reggie is now an analyst on TNT and Mark is the head coach of the Golden State Warriors. Reggie has his jersey retired in the rafters of Conseco Fieldhouse.

Mel Daniels and George McGinnis also have their jerseys retired in Conseco Fieldhouse. Daniels won three ABA champions (1970, 1972 and 1973) and two Most Valuable Player awards (1969, 1971) with the Pacers. George McGinnis was on two of those championship teams (1972 and 1973) and won one MVP award, too (1975).

Bobby “Slick” Leonard is an Indiana legend who was born in Terre Haute, attended Indiana University (1953 NCAA champion), and coached the Pacers after a seven year playing career with the Minneapolis Lakers and Chicago Packers/Zephyrs. He has a banner in the rafters of Conseco Fieldhouse highlighting his 529 career wins as head coach, a franchise record.

Donnie Walsh became an assistant with the Pacers in 1984. Later that decade, he moved to the front office and transformed the Pacers into a perennial playoff team as General Manager. He was later promoted to CEO and President before leaving the organization shortly before the end of the 2007-08 season. Walsh attended North Carolina on a basketball scholarship and was drafted in the third round of the NBA, but never played professionally.

Tim Hardaway spent his final season in 2003 with the Pacers. Tim spent the majority of his career with the Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat. His number 10 was retired by Miami.

02-10-2012, 02:15 PM
It's a crying shame that Slick Leonard hasn't been enshrined. He has great contributions made in College Basketball, the NBA, ABA, and NBA broadcasting. I sure hope he makes it this year... while he's still alive to enjoy it.

Going in at the same time as Reggie would be so wonderful that I think I'd need to make plans to be there in person to see it.

02-10-2012, 02:27 PM
Two birds, one Boom Baby!

02-10-2012, 02:53 PM
While I do not have the time, funds, or know how to do so, it is a crying shame Slick does not have a web-site to lobby he make it to the hall this year.

Would a promotional site make a diffrence? Maybe, maybe not. But it couldnt help.

I started following the Pacers in 97-98 or there abouts, and it was because of Reggie Miller (and Chris Mullin and Mark Jackson to a lesser extent). One thing that was always true was I was always learning about the ABA, and Slicks name always seemed to come up.

When I visited PD for the first time, I noticed there were a lot of posters with ABA in their respective titles, and some other (who have since left) who lobbies for the ABA and that we continue to recognize the influnce they had, then and now.

The HOF is aready a joke, but I would love to see Slick make it. I doubt he reads Pacers Digest, but if any of those guys do/hear about the fan love they get from both young and older fans, that has to just be awesome for them.

Thank you, old timers, for keeping the ABA alive!

Boom, baby!

02-10-2012, 03:03 PM
Well Jerry Colangelo heads up the ABA committee for the Hall Of Fame nominees. Hopefully he is a Slick fan.