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Former players praise Bob 'Slick' Leonard as he heads into Hall of Fame
Former players praise Bob 'Slick' Leonard as he heads into Hall of Fame

On Friday he is to be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, a greying icon of a long-gone professional league that introduced the tri-colored ball and the 3-point shot. That's where Bob "Slick" Leonard won acclaim. Three times in the early 1970s, Leonard coached the Indiana Pacers to championships in the American Basketball Association before it merged with the NBA in 1976. But while his induction is expected to embrace his Hoosier roots and ABA genius, Leonard really honed his skills as the Bullets' coach in 1963-64. Here, during the first year of Baltimore's return to the NBA after a nine-year absence, Leonard reared a team flush with...

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