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AS PLAYER:

* NCAA champion (1953 ) * Consensus second-team All-American (1954 )

AS COACH:

* 3× 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

Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame as coach

WILLIAM ROBERT "SLICK" LEONARD (born July 17, 1932) is an American former professional basketball player and coach.

CONTENTS

* 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

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 International Fraternity .

PLAYING CAREER

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
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
Baltimore
; Leonard coached them for one more year.

COACHING CAREER WITH THE PACERS

Five years after coaching the Bullets, Leonard became the coach of the American Basketball
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 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

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
WFNI
1070 AM. His trademark phrase is "Boom, baby!" for a successful three-point shot by a Pacers player.

On March 13, 2011, Leonard suffered a heart attack shortly after a Pacers road victory over the New York Knicks . 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 .

HALL OF FAME

On February 14, 2014, Leonard was named as a 2014 inductee to the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame ; he was formally inducted on August 8 of that year.

HEAD COACHING RECORD

ABA AND NBA

LEGEND

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
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

REFERENCES

* ^ The Rainbow, vol. 132, no. 2, p. 14, * ^ Video on YouTube
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
Basketball
Hall of Fame" (Press release). Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame. February 14, 2014. Archived from the original on April 12, 2013. Retrieved February 15, 2014.

EXTERNAL LINKS

* Basketball-Reference.com: Slick