Hall of Famer Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard passes away at age 88


INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) – After spending more than 50 years with the Indiana Pacers organization as a coach and broadcaster, Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard has passed away at the age of 88.

As a player, Leonard captained the 1953 Indiana University NCAA championship team and then went on to a professional career where he played seven seasons with the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers.

After his playing days ended, Leonard went into coaching and was the Indiana Pacers head coach from 1968-80.

Leonard eventually made his way to the broadcast booth, where his famous call of “Boom Baby!” was a welcome sound to Pacers fans everywhere.

Leonard was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.

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