FLASH! BOBBY LEONARD NAMED TO BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME! Bobby “Slick” Leonard was named on Valentine’s Day as one of the members of the Class of 2014 to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Leonard was chosen by a committee that honors outstanding Hall of Fame candidates from the American Basketball Association Days (ABA). Back in December, Amos interviewed this Indiana Basketball Legend, who has earned the sport’s highest honor.
He grew up poor in Terre Haute during the Depression. Was able to attend Indiana University and play for famed basketball coach Branch McCracken and earn a trip to the Final Four & be an NCAA Champion. Went on to play pro basketball for the NBA Minnesota Lakers and played with Jerry West and Elgin Baylor when the team moved to become the Los Angeles Lakers. Then he left the NBA and was lured to come to Indianapolis and help get a new team in the ABA off the ground called the Indiana Pacers. And the rest was history. Leonard coached those legendary ABA Pacers to success and championships. And continued for a bit after the team joined the NBA. Slick Leonard moved into the broadcast side of the game as the color announcer on Pacers broadcasters. A living legend with this team, city and state, Bobby Leonard has written a book using as a title the famed Boom Baby phrase he created for those Reggie Miller 3 point shots. “Slick” Leonard appeared on Afternoons with Amos in a unique interview one Indiana legend to another. Leonard talked about his career, life, basketball then and now and the success of this year;’s team which is starting the season with the best record in the league. Click the Arrow to Hear Amos’ Interview with a True Legend – Bobby “Slick” Leonard. Runs 26 Minutes ©2013 WTLC/Radio One.