Obit Slick Leonard Basketball

FILE - Indiana Pacers' coach Bobby Leonard gestures during a press conference in Indianapolis, in this June 8, 1978, 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/File)

A public celebration of the life of Bobby "Slick" Leonard will be held May 12 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Pacers Sports & Entertainment will host "Boom Baby! The Life and Times of Bobby “Slick” Leonard" in honor of the Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster who passed away April 13 at age 88.

Attendance at the celebration, which will include video tributes from former Pacers players and officials and film clips, will be limited to 1,500 because of COVID-19 protocols. It also will be live-streamed at

Tickets will cost $5.29 in honor of Leonard's 529 wins in 12 seasons with the Pacers. The Terre Haute native also led Indiana University to the 1953 national championship, coached the Pacers to three American Basketball Association titles and later served as the team’s radio analyst, where "Boom baby!" became his signature call.

All proceeds will go to the Dropping Dimes Foundation benefiting former ABA players and personnel.

“While we continue to mourn his passing and miss his always colorful presence, we look forward to offering a public farewell to one of the most impactful figures in our state’s basketball history,” PS&E President Rick Fuson said. “We also want to offer up one last ‘Boom Baby’ in Slick’s honor.”