On Tuesday afternoon, Bobby “Slick” Leonard, a longtime coach for the Indiana Pacers, passed away this week according to a statement from the team. He was 88 years old.
“Pacers fans will remember Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard as the spirit of our franchise,” the Simon family said in a statement. “With a charisma, intensity, and with to match his nickname, Slick made us champions.”
“He was our biggest fan and our most loving critic, and he personified Pacers basketball for generations of Hoosier families. Most importantly, though, Slick and Nancy are our family, and his passing leaves an unfillable void in the hearts of everyone associated with this organization. We keep the entire Leonard family in our prayers, and we recognize and honor Slick for what he meant to our state both on and off the court.”