Braun, Young honor Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard with Senate resolution

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FILE – Former Indiana Pacers coach Bobby “Slick” Leonard watches a banner being hung in his honor during a presentation at half time of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Indianapolis, in this Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, file photo. Leonard, the former NBA player and Hall of Fame coach who won three ABA championships with the Indiana Pacers and spent more than a half century with the organization, has died. He was 88. His death was announced by the Pacers on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTWO/WAWV) — Indiana’s U.S. Senators have introduced a Senate resolution honoring the life and legacy of Bobby “Slick” Leonard: an Indiana basketball legend, a Hoosier icon and a national treasure.

“Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard is the definition of a Hoosier legend: a two-time All-American who led Indiana University to their 1953 NCAA title, and one of the greatest coaches of all time. Every Hoosier will always remember his trademark ‘Boom, Baby!’ when a Pacer hits a three pointer, and Indiana will always be a greater state because of the life and legacy of Slick Leonard,” said Senator Braun.

“All of Indiana will miss Slick’s voice and infectious love of basketball,” said Senator Young. “But those who knew him best say his Hall of Fame career in basketball pales in comparison to the man he was off the court.” 

Braun’s resolution, written on both his and Young’s behalf, honors in part “the historical, economical, and cultural significance and impact Mr. Leonard had on the City of Indianapolis” and recognizes “that without the dedication and contributions to sports and entertainment throughout the City and the State that Mr. Leonard and his wife were able to give, the City nor State would not have such a wonderful reputation or ability to attract the largest sporting events in the world” and expresses gratitude “to the lifetime of sporting memories Mr. Leonard helped provide to the City and the State; and to the impact Mr. Leonard had on the development and growth of the City.”

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