Former Baltimore Bullets coach Bob 'Slick' Leonard inducted into National Basketball Hall of Fame
By JONAS SHAFFER
The Baltimore Sun|
Feb 14, 2014 | 6:25 PM
Former Baltimore Bullets coach Bob "Slick" Leonard, the winningest coach in American Basketball Association history, on Friday was named one of the first members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2014.
Leonard, 81, was voted in by the ABA Committee, one of five direct-elect committees charged with "presenting accurate historical information while utilizing voters who are intimately familiar with the special category they have been assigned to evaluate," according to a release.
Joining Leonard, now a color commentator for the Indiana Pacers, are Nat Clifton, Sarunas Marciulionis, Guy Rodgers and former NBA commissioner David Stern.
The entire Class of 2014 will be announced April 7. The Class of 2014 will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, Mass., later this summer.
Inductee profiles can be found here. Here's Leonard's:
"BOB LEONARD [Coach] – Nicknamed "Slick," Leonard is the winningest coach in ABA history, having compiled an overall ABA coaching record of 387-270 (.589). He led the Indiana Pacers to three ABA championships (1970, 1972, 1973) and five ABA Finals (1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975). Rival ABA coaches often called him the "best seventh game coach in the business" after he led the Indiana Pacers' only team to win three ABA championships and their only team to win back-to-back ABA championships. Leonard holds an ABA record 69 playoff victories and coached an ABA record 166 ABA playoff games. He also compiled a 69-47 ABA playoff record (.595) and led the Indiana Pacers to three Divisional titles (1969, 1970, 1971). Leonard finished his career with an overall coaching record of 573-534 (.518)."