The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame appears to be trying to make up for lost time with regard to recognizing the Indiana Pacers and the key cogs of their 3-time ABA championship teams.
After Mel Daniels entered the Hall last year with Reggie Miller, the latest list of nominees includes Roger Brown, Freddie Lewis and George MicGinnis. More importantly, the legendary coach, broadcaster and franchise savior, Bobby "Slick" Leonard is also among the group of ABA nominees.
This is just the first step in the process and only one ABA nominee can be selected per year. The other ABA nominees this year include Zelmo Beaty, Ron Boone, Mack Calvin, Louie Dampier, Donnie Freeman, Warren Jabali, Jimmy Jones,Dennis Murphy (First-Time Nominee), Charlie Scott, Willie Wise.
It is just nice to know that those involved with the Hall of Fame actually know that Slick exists. I was beginning to wonder. The franchise legend could also be included in the contributor category for what he did to save the Pacers franchise and then later becoming an iconic voice for all Pacers fans. Boom, baby!
Pacers president Donnie Walsh was also nominated for the Hall in the contributor category. Again, only one nominee among the contributors will be selected with some pretty good competition among the 21 names.