Interesting note by Brunner on the Ps site. Is there a way the membership of PD can be a catalyst in getting the Hall of Fame to take notice of our very own?
HALL OF FAME SNUBS FRUSTRATE ABA LEGENDS
The Indianapolis Star's Mark Montieth recently did an excellent job reflecting the annual frustration the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame selection process represents for players and coaches whose primary work was done in the ABA.
While the Hall annually inducts broadcasters, referees, international players and coaches, etc., it has yet to recognize a player or coach exclusively for his work in the ABA. Thus, names like Bobby "Slick" Leonard, Roger Brown, George McGinnis and Mel Daniels remain absent from the Hall.
"It would be very nice to get some guys from the ABA in," Daniels told Montieth. "We did play, and it is a basketball Hall of Fame. For whatever reason, they chose to neglect (some ABA players and coaches). It's beyond me."
Perhaps the biggest affront is the exclusion of Leonard, who won three ABA championships and 529 games with the Pacers, while obscure international coaches are annually honored. This year's example is former Yugoslavian national coach Mirko Novosel.
"You get some guy who coached in the Ukraine in 1914 and he's a Hall of Famer," Daniels said. "Slick can't get in the Hall of Fame. I don't understand it."