The Info List - Bobby Leonard

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As player:

NCAA champion (1953) Consensus second-team All-American (1954) Third-team All-American – AP (1953)

As coach:

ABA champion (1970, 1972, 1973)

Career statistics

Points 4,204 (9.9 ppg)

Rebounds 1,217 (2.9 rpg)

Assists 1,427 (3.3 apg)

Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Hall of Fame as coach

William Robert "Slick" Leonard (born July 17, 1932) is an American former professional basketball player and coach.


1 High school and college career 2 Playing career 3 Coaching career with the Pacers 4 Post ABA/NBA career 5 Hall of Fame 6 Head coaching record

6.1 ABA and NBA

7 References 8 External links

High school and college career[edit] A 6'3" 185 lb (84 kg) guard, Leonard played high school basketball at Terre Haute Gerstmeyer High School, where he excelled as a tennis player, as well. He played collegiate basketball at Indiana University, where he hit the game winning free throws to give Indiana the 1953 NCAA championship. While at Indiana, he became a member of Delta Tau Delta
Delta Tau Delta
International Fraternity.[1] Playing career[edit] He was selected with the first pick of the second round of the 1954 NBA draft. He spent most of his seven-year professional playing career with the Lakers (four years in Minneapolis, and one year following the team's move to Los Angeles), followed by two years with the Chicago Packers/Zephyrs). In his final season as a player, he also coached the Zephyrs. The next year, the team moved to Baltimore; Leonard coached them for one more year. Coaching career with the Pacers[edit] Five years after coaching the Bullets, Leonard became the coach of the American Basketball
Association's Indiana Pacers, a position he held for nearly 12 years – the last four after the franchise moved to the NBA. For a time, he also served as general manager. Leonard led the Pacers to three ABA championships before the ABA–NBA merger
ABA–NBA merger
in June 1976. However, the Pacers were nearly gutted in order to meet the financial burdens imposed by the merger, and he was never able to put together a winning team during the Pacers' first four years as an NBA team. Post ABA/NBA career[edit] Leonard returned to the Pacers in 1985 as a color commentator, first for television with Jerry Baker, then on radio, where he remains alongside Mark Boyle on WFNI
1070 AM. His trademark phrase is "Boom, baby!" for a successful three-point shot by a Pacers player.[2] On March 13, 2011, Leonard suffered a heart attack shortly after a Pacers road victory over the New York Knicks.[3] He was later said to be in good condition, but was given an indefinite time to recover, and was filled in for by Pacers TV analyst and former player Austin Croshere.[4] Hall of Fame[edit] On February 14, 2014, Leonard was named as a 2014 inductee to the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Hall of Fame; he was formally inducted on August 8 of that year.[5] Head coaching record[edit] ABA and NBA[edit]


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %

Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %

Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result

Chicago 1962–63 42 13 29 .310 5th in West - - - – Missed Playoffs

Baltimore 1963–64 80 31 49 .388 4th in West - - - – Missed Playoffs

Indiana 1968–69 69 42 27 .609 1st in West 17 9 8 .529 Lost in ABA Finals

Indiana 1969–70 84 59 25 .702 1st in East 15 12 3 .800 Won ABA Champions

Indiana 1970–71 84 58 26 .690 1st in West 11 7 4 .636 Lost in Div. Finals

Indiana 1971–72 84 47 37 .560 2nd in West 20 12 8 .600 Won ABA Champions

Indiana 1972–73 84 51 33 .607 2nd in West 11 12 6 .667 Won ABA Champions

Indiana 1973–74 84 46 38 .548 2nd in West 14 7 7 .500 Lost in Div. Finals

Indiana 1974–75 84 45 39 .536 2nd in West 16 9 9 .500 Lost in ABA Finals

Indiana 1975–76 84 39 45 .464 5th in West 3 1 2 .333 Lost in First Round

Indiana 1976–77 82 36 46 .439 5th in West - - - – Missed Playoffs

Indiana 1977–78 82 31 51 .378 6th in West - - - – Missed Playoffs

Indiana 1978–79 82 38 44 .463 4th in West - - - – Missed Playoffs

Indiana 1979–80 82 37 45 .451 4th in West - - - – Missed Playoffs

NBA Career

450 186 264 .413

- - - –

ABA Career

336 387 270 .682

116 69 47 .595

Career Total

1,107 573 534 .518

116 69 47 .595


^ The Rainbow, vol. 132, no. 2, p. 14, ^ Video on YouTube ^ http://www.wthr.com/story/14246421/pacers-bob-leonard-has-heart-attack ^ http://www.indystar.com/proart/20110314/sports04/103140360/pacers-slick-leonard-recovering-from-heart-attack ^ "Five Direct-Elect Members Announced for the Class of 2014 by the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Hall of Fame" (Press release). Naismith Memorial Basketball
Hall of Fame. February 14, 2014. Archived from the original on April 12, 2013. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Basketball-Reference.com: Slick Leonard (as coach) Basketball-Reference.com: Slick Leonard (as player)

Bobby Leonard—coaching tenures, championships, awards, and honors

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Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
head coaches

Larry Staverman
Larry Staverman
(1967–1968) Bobby Leonard
Bobby Leonard
(1968–1980) Jack McKinney (1980–1984) George Irvine (1984–1986) Jack Ramsay (1986–1988) Mel Daniels
Mel Daniels
(1988) George Irvine (1988–1989) Dick Versace (1989–1990) Bob Hill
Bob Hill
(1990–1993) Larry Brown (1993–1997) Larry Bird
Larry Bird
(1997–2000) Isiah Thomas
Isiah Thomas
(2000–2003) Rick Carlisle
Rick Carlisle
(2003–2007) Jim O'Brien (2007–2011) Frank Vogel
Frank Vogel
(2011–2016) Nate McMillan
Nate McMillan
(2016– )

(#) denotes interim head coach.

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Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
head coaches

Jim Pollard
Jim Pollard
(1961–1962) Jack McMahon (1962) Bobby Leonard
Bobby Leonard
(1962–1964) Buddy Jeannette (1964–1965) Paul Seymour (1965–1966) Mike Farmer (1966) Buddy Jeannette # (1966) Gene Shue
Gene Shue
(1966–1973) K. C. Jones
K. C. Jones
(1973–1976) Dick Motta
Dick Motta
(1976–1980) Gene Shue
Gene Shue
(1980–1986) Kevin Loughery (1986–1988) Wes Unseld
Wes Unseld
(1988–1994) Jim Lynam (1994–1997) Bob Staak # (1997) Bernie Bickerstaff
Bernie Bickerstaff
(1997–1999) Jim Brovelli # (1999) Gar Heard (1999–2000) Darrell Walker # (2000) Leonard Hamilton
Leonard Hamilton
(2000–2001) Doug Collins (2001–2003) Eddie Jordan (2003–2008) Ed Tapscott
Ed Tapscott
(2008–2009) Flip Saunders
Flip Saunders
(2009–2012) Randy Wittman
Randy Wittman
(2012–2016) Scott Brooks
Scott Brooks
(2016– )

(#) denotes interim head coach.

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Members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Hall of Fame



R. Allen Archibald Beckman Belov Bing Blazejowski Borgmann Brennan Cervi Cheeks Clayton Cooper-Dyke Cousy Dampier Davies Drexler Dumars Edwards Frazier Friedman Galis Gervin Goodrich Greer Guerin Hanson Haynes Holman Hyatt Isaacs Iverson Jeannette D. Johnson E. Johnson K. Jones S. Jones Jordan Kidd Lieberman Maravich Marcari Marčiulionis Martin McDermott McGrady D. McGuire Meyers R. Miller Monroe C. Murphy Nash Page Payton Petrović Phillip Posey Richmond Robertson Rodgers Roosma J. Russell Schommer Scott Sedran Sharman K. Smith Staley Steinmetz Stockton Swoopes Thomas Thompson Vandivier Wanzer West J. White Wilkens Woodard Wooden


Arizin Barkley Barry Baylor Bird Bradley R. Brown Cunningham Curry Dalipagić Dantley DeBusschere Dehnert Endacott English Erving Foster Fulks Gale Gates Gola Hagan Havlicek Hawkins Hayes Haywood Heinsohn Hill Howell G. Johnson King Lucas Luisetti K. Malone McClain B. McCracken J. McCracken McGinnis McHale Mikkelsen C. Miller Mullin Pettit Pippen Pollard Radja Ramsey Rodman Schayes E. Schmidt O. Schmidt Stokes C. Thompson T. Thompson Twyman Walker Washington N. White Wilkes Wilkins Worthy Yardley


Abdul-Jabbar Barlow Beaty Bellamy Chamberlain Ćosić Cowens Crawford Daniels DeBernardi Donovan Ewing Gallatin Gilmore Gruenig Harris-Stewart Houbregs Issel W. Johnson Johnston M. Krause Kurland Lanier Leslie Lovellette Lapchick Macauley M. Malone McAdoo Meneghin Mikan Mourning S. Murphy Mutombo Olajuwon O'Neal Parish Pereira Reed Risen Robinson B. Russell Sabonis Sampson Semjonova Thurmond Unseld Wachter Walton Yao


Alexeeva P. Allen Anderson Auerbach Auriemma Barmore Barry Blood Boeheim L. Brown Calhoun Calipari Cann Carlson Carnesecca Carnevale Carril Case Chancellor Chaney Conradt Crum Daly Dean Díaz-Miguel Diddle Drake Driesell Ferrándiz Gaines Gamba Gardner Gaze Gill Gomelsky Gunter Hannum Harshman Haskins Hatchell Heinsohn Hickey Hobson Holzman Hughes Hurley Iba Izzo P. Jackson Julian Keaney Keogan Knight Krzyzewski Kundla Lambert Leonard Lewis Litwack Loeffler Lonborg Magee McCutchan McGraw A. McGuire F. McGuire McLendon Meanwell Meyer Miller Moore Nelson Nikolić Novosel Olson Pitino Ramsay Richardson Riley Rubini Rupp Rush Sachs Self Sharman Shelton Sloan D. Smith Stringer Summitt Tarkanian Taylor Teague J. Thompson VanDerveer Wade Watts Wilkens G. Williams R. Williams Wooden Woolpert Wootten Yow


Abbott Barksdale Bee Biasone H. Brown W. Brown Bunn Buss Clifton Colangelo Cooper Davidson Douglas Duer Embry Fagan Fisher Fleisher Gavitt Gottlieb Granik Gulick Harrison Hearn Henderson Hepp Hickox Hinkle Irish M. Jackson Jernstedt Jones Kennedy Knight J. Krause Lemon Liston Lloyd McLendon Lobo Mokray Morgan Morgenweck Naismith Newell Newton J. O'Brien L. O'Brien Olsen Podoloff Porter Raveling Reid Reinsdorf Ripley Sanders Saperstein Schabinger St. John Stagg Stanković Steitz Stern Taylor Thorn Tower Trester Vitale Wells Welts Wilke Winter Zollner


Bavetta Enright Garretson Hepbron Hoyt Kennedy Leith Mihalik Nichols Nucatola Quigley Rudolph Shirley Strom Tobey Walsh


1960 United States Olympic Team 1992 United States Olympic Team All-American Red Heads Buffalo Germans The First Team Harlem Globetrotters Immaculata College New York Renaissance Original Celtics Texas Western

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Naismith Memorial Basketball
Hall of Fame Class of 2014


Nathaniel "Sweetwater" Clifton Šarūnas Marčiulionis Alonzo Mourning Mitch Richmond Guy Rodgers


Bobby "Slick" Leonard Nolan Richardson Gary Williams


David Stern


Immaculata College

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Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball
Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball
1952–53 NCAA champions

13 Charlie Kraak 21 Bob Leonard 25 Burke Scott 31 Dick Farley 34 Don Schlundt

Head coach Branch McCracken

Assistant coach Ernie Andres

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Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
1969–70 ABA champions

11 Keller 12 Barnhill 14 Lewis 24 Netolicky 32 Miller 33 Darden 34 Daniels 35 Brown (Playoffs MVP) 43 Becker 44 Thacker

Head coach Leonard

Regular season Playoffs

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Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
1971–72 ABA champions

10 Mount 11 Keller 14 Lewis (Playoffs MVP) 20 Hillman 24 Netolicky 30 McGinnis 34 Daniels 35 Brown

Head coach Leonard

Regular season Playoffs

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Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
1972–73 ABA champions

10 Buse 11 Keller 13 Freeman 14 Lewis 20 Hillman 22 Arnzen 23 Johnson 24 Newton 30 McGinnis (Playoffs MVP) 34 Daniels 35 Brown

Head coach Leonard

Regular season Playoffs

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1954 NCAA Men's Basketball
Consensus All-Americans

First Team

Tom Gola Cliff Hagan Bob Pettit Don Schlundt Frank Selvy

Second Team

Bob Leonard Tom Marshall Bob Mattick Frank Ramsey Dick Ricketts

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1954 NBA Draft

First round

Frank Selvy Bob Pettit Gene Shue Dick Rosenthal Togo Palazzi Johnny Kerr Tom Marshall Jack Turner Ed Kalafat

Second round

Bobby Leonard Bob Mattick Larry Costello Arnold Short Red Morrison Dick Farley Boris Nachamkin Richie Guerin Al Bianchi

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Indiana Pacers

Founded in 1967 Based in Indianapolis, Indiana


Franchise Team history ABA–NBA merger All-time roster Draft history Seasons Head coaches Current season


Indiana State Fair Coliseum Market Square Arena Bankers Life Fieldhouse

General managers

Storen Weissert Leonard Vertlieb Salyers Walsh Kahn Morway Pritchard

G League affiliate

Fort Wayne Mad Ants


Herb Simon (Owner, Chairman and CEO) Kevin Pritchard
Kevin Pritchard
(GM, President) Nate McMillan
Nate McMillan
(Head coach)

Retired numbers

30 31 34 35 529 (in honor of Leonard's total wins as Pacers coach)

ABA Finals appearances

1969 1970 1972 1973 1975

NBA Finals appearances


Culture and lore

Pacers–Pistons brawl The Knick-Killer Dancing Harry Boomer Reb Porter


New York Knicks


TV Fox Sports Indiana Radio WFNI-AM Announcers Chris Denari Quinn Buckner Clark Kellogg Brooke Olzendam Mark Boyle B