Pacers honor Slick Leonard with black stripe on jerseys for the rest of the season
It will go on the left shoulder, right above the sponsorship patch. It's one of many ways the franchise is honoring Mr. Pacer.
One week after Hall of Famer Slick Leonard passed away, the Pacers have added a black stripe to the top of their jerseys with “SLICK” written across. It will be on their jerseys for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.
There are 16 regular-season games remaining.
Kevin Pritchard, the Pacers president of basketball operations, became the first member of the front office to discuss this major loss to the Pacers family.
“Slick was one of the most instrumental people in making this franchise what it is today, a legend who made all our lives better through his passion and presence,” said Pritchard, who joined the franchise in 2011. “We will miss him dearly, and this uniform stripe is just a reminder of what he has represented to the Indiana Pacers organization for more than fifty years.”
Slick is the winningest coach in franchise history. He went into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014 and appeared on Pacers broadcasts for the past 36 years.
“My thoughts and my prayers go out to Miss Nancy,” former Pacers coach Nate McMillan told Fieldhouse Files over the weekend. “A great man. When I had time to spend with him, you’re sitting there like a little kid when he would sit there and talk to you because he just had so many stories to tell.”