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    Default Documentary on Slick...

    I did a quick search and didn't see this posted anywhere...

    Apparently there is a documentary about Bobby "Slick" Leonard in the works that is expected to be released in March of 2014. This seems like an effort to get Slick elected to the HOF much like the documentary on Roger Brown did. Slick's induction is long overdo, and hopefully this will be the catalyst to seal his election....

    http://www.wthitv.com/news/indiana/f...onard_31799342

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    I look forward to this more than almost any other.


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    Default Re: Documentary on Slick...

    No question, Slick is WAY overdue to be in the HOF.

    They should be able to make a very good documentary on Slick.

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    http://tribstar.com/local/x789516049...-Slick-Leonard

    August 29, 2013
    MARK BENNETT: Hoops film focuses on life of ‘Slick’ Leonard

    Mark Bennett The Tribune-Star


    Many Americans connect basketball with Indiana.

    Still, their perceptions may boil down to scenes from the movie “Hoosiers,” a red-sweatered Bob Knight, and ESPN Classic highlight reels of Larry Bird, Oscar Robertson, John Wooden and Reggie Miller. Iconic images and timeless memories, no doubt — the icing on this state’s cultural cake. Yet, the rich ingredients in the layers below remain mysteries to folks elsewhere who would nonetheless label this state as historically hoops-crazy.

    Most likely, they know little about life before Knight at Indiana University, the Indiana Pacers’ amazing ABA years, Roger Brown and Billy Keller and Mel Daniels.

    They would know even less about the thrill of winning an Indiana high school basketball sectional, or an innovative, legendary, 5-foot, 7-inch prep coach from Terre Haute named Howard Sharpe.

    Bobby “Slick” Leonard is the common thread through those vital but oft-overlooked facets of Indiana’s pastime.

    Those connections build the storyline of an upcoming documentary on Leonard’s life by award-winning filmmaker Ted Green.

    “It’s basically how he, in so many ways, represents Hoosier basketball,” said Green, whose previous documentaries profiled Wooden, Brown (the underrated Pacers great), Indiana war veterans, and Indianapolis’ climb from a sleepy metro to a Super Bowl site.

    In Leonard, Green found a Terre Haute native who “has done basically everything there is to do in basketball, and did it here.” At Terre Haute Gerstmeyer High School, Leonard led the Black Cats to the 1950 sectional title, early in Sharpe’s coaching career. At IU, Leonard captained the Hoosiers’ 1953 NCAA championship team. In the NBA, he played seven solid seasons alongside Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and Clyde Lovellette. As a pro coach, Leonard guided the Pacers to three crowns in the ABA, an entertaining league largely disregarded outside its franchise cities.

    It’s a colorful tale, for sure. Green hopes to finish the film in time for release next March, when hoops fervor peaks in Indiana.

    Even today, most basketball fans in Indiana know Leonard only as the folksy, long-time color analyst on the Pacers’ NBA radio broadcasts who exclaims “Boom, baby” after 3-pointers. The story stretches back to the Great Depression, though, when Leonard grew up in Terre Haute. “Bob’s story is a remarkable one,” Green said. “He came from almost nothing.”

    Now 81 years old, Leonard and his wife, Nancy, twice returned to Terre Haute to drive Green through the neighborhoods where he lived as a kid. One of the houses, near 13th 1/2 and Chase streets, still stands, they discovered. They visited the former Gerstmeyer gym, now part of the Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club, and Green surprised Leonard with drop-in visits by longtime friends such as Harley and Arley Andrews, Keith Youngen, and one of Slick’s former teachers, Susie Dewey. Green filmed their reminiscences of Leonard.

    Leonard spins a few yarns, too, of trains rolling through town, of selling ice cream at Union Depot and of sneaking into the old Indiana State Teachers College gym to watch Wooden putting the Sycamores through basketball practices in the late 1940s. “He’s still sharp and his memories are fantastic,” Green said. “His talk about Terre Haute is amazing. It really inspires me. Those bonds are very close.”

    Green plans to hear more remembrances during additional stops in Terre Haute in the coming months. He’s looking for photographs not only of Leonard in his youthful days and his Gerstmeyer teams, but also of city scenes from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. Anyone willing to share such pictures can call Green at 317-403-6003.

    It’s all part of telling an untold story. Such a quest inspires Green, a Princeton and Northwestern trained journalist who worked for the Cincinnati Enquirer, Miami Herald and Indianapolis Star before turning to documentaries in 2010. The first, “John Wooden: The Indiana Story,” included reflections by players from his brief but formative debut as a college head coach at Indiana State. “My favorite part [of the film] was his years in Terre Haute,” Green said.

    Likewise, Green’s documentary “Undefeated: The Roger Brown Story,” highlighted one of the greatest professional players that most fans never knew. Brown buckled defenders’ knees with shifty moves and led the Pacers to ABA titles in 1970, ’72 and ’73. The mere mention of Brown, who died in 1997 at age 54 of cancer, brings wistful tears to the eyes of former teammates and rivals.

    The Brown film was released in February — the same month Brown finally received selection into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. The honor was long overdue and rights a wrong. The NBA banned Brown and other teenage collegians, most wrongly accused, after they were linked to a gambler. Brown sat out six years before the rival ABA formed in 1967 and the Pacers made him their first signee.

    “My goal with Roger Brown was to illuminate this amazing player that people didn’t know,” Green said.

    He aims to do the same with Leonard, and thinks Slick, too, deserves induction into the Naismith shrine in Springfield, Mass. The elitist snub by the NBA old guard seems to be fading, with the recent recognition of Brown and other ABA players. Leonard’s three ABA titles and 387-270 record in the league make him worthy of the same.

    Regardless, Green expects to someday see a statue of Leonard outside Bankers Life Fieldhouse — the Pacers’ home court in Indy — as “sort of a Harry Caray figure.”

    Green added, “People just look at him as, ‘He’s one of us. He’s a Hoosier.’”
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    I was disappointed they put Roger Brown in first because I worry about Slick's health and I want him to be alive for his turn. We damn near lost him about two years ago if not for having a heart attack at almost the best possible time, on a bus with a professional NBA medical staff there to work on him before he could be taken to the hospital.

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    I was disappointed they put Roger Brown in first because I worry about Slick's health and I want him to be alive for his turn. We damn near lost him about two years ago if not for having a heart attack at almost the best possible time, on a bus with a professional NBA medical staff there to work on him before he could be taken to the hospital.
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    Slick, like Brown and Daniels should have been in the HOF many years ago. I want two things for him. First, a Pacers NBA Championship (while he's announcing the game) and for him to be able to make a HOF speech. No one deserves it more.

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    I didn't realize this was going to be a documentary and not a book as I posted a few months ago. I told my wife she needs to tell her mom before Mr. Green shows up in San Antonio to talk with her!
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    I'm enjoying the amount of Pacer-related Documentaries being produced the last 3-4 years.

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    Bumping this back up because Mr. Green is supposed to interview my mother in law this month and for some reason she wants me to be there. I've only met Slick once, at my wedding, and even then it was just to say hello. I'm sure some of you, especially the old-timers have personal stories of meeting Slick over the years.

    If I get the opportunity, I will point Mr. Green this way as a place to make contact if any of you think he might be interested in your experiences. I'm not sure how we can do it, maybe you post your stories here or something if he decides to check out things from a fan's point of view. We would have to sticky the thread if it takes off. At worse, we all get to read the stories and enjoy them.

    This might not go anywhere, but I thought i would give it a shot. I will mention the site so he can see the love we have for Slick and the team.

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    Bumping this back up because Mr. Green is supposed to interview my mother in law this month and for some reason she wants me to be there. I've only met Slick once, at my wedding, and even then it was just to say hello. I'm sure some of you, especially the old-timers have personal stories of meeting Slick over the years.

    If I get the opportunity, I will point Mr. Green this way as a place to make contact if any of you think he might be interested in your experiences. I'm not sure how we can do it, maybe you post your stories here or something if he decides to check out things from a fan's point of view. We would have to sticky the thread if it takes off. At worse, we all get to read the stories and enjoy them.

    This might not go anywhere, but I thought i would give it a shot. I will mention the site so he can see the love we have for Slick and the team.
    My Father-In-Law has tons of Slick stories....Maybe I can get him to narrate a couple for me to post on here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SycamoreKen View Post
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    Bumping this back up because Mr. Green is supposed to interview my mother in law this month and for some reason she wants me to be there. I've only met Slick once, at my wedding, and even then it was just to say hello. I'm sure some of you, especially the old-timers have personal stories of meeting Slick over the years.

    If I get the opportunity, I will point Mr. Green this way as a place to make contact if any of you think he might be interested in your experiences. I'm not sure how we can do it, maybe you post your stories here or something if he decides to check out things from a fan's point of view. We would have to sticky the thread if it takes off. At worse, we all get to read the stories and enjoy them.

    This might not go anywhere, but I thought i would give it a shot. I will mention the site so he can see the love we have for Slick and the team.
    Just food for thought, but maybe setting up a PD facebook page for the interviewer where people could post stories? or a blog type setup dedicated to only slick stories.

    Hope all goes well!

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    I met Slick once at the throwback preseason game at the Pepsi Coliseum a couple years ago. We were, of course, in the smokers area. We didn't talk for long but he is every bit as friendly and happy to meet you as you might think. Pretty cool to have met him at the Pepsi Coliseum, too. Truly hope he can accept his HOF award and give his speech. What a capper to his long and successful career.

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