INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Bobby “Slick” Leonard, an Indiana native, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and the one man to ever lead the Indiana Pacers to a championship, has died at 88, according to WIBC.
Leonard, born in Terre Haute in 1932, was captain of the 1953 Indiana University nationwide championship group. He spent two years with the U.S. Army after graduating.
He then spent seven years within the NBA, taking part in for the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Packers/Zephyrs.
His closing season in 1962-63 was spent as a participant/coach for the Chicago Zephyrs. The group moved to Baltimore for the 1963-64 season, which Leonard additionally coached.
Leonard returned to basketball in 1968 as coach of the Indiana Pacers within the ABA.
Leonard and the Pacers would win ABA titles in 1970, 1972 and 1973.
He would proceed teaching the group when it moved to the NBA in 1976. Leonard spent a complete of 12 seasons teaching the Pacers together with his closing marketing campaign being the 1979-80 season.
In 1982, Leonard was inducted to the the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame. According to his NBA.com biography, he was the primary member of the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame.
After leaving teaching, Leonard later joined the printed group. His signature name of “Boom, baby!” grew to become essentially the most well-known phrases in Indiana Pacers historical past.
In 2014, he was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.