International Star Marciulionis, Pacers’ Leonard Elected To Hall Of Fame

NEW ORLEANS — Former Golden State Warriors player Sarunas Marciulionis and former Indiana Pacers coach Bobby “Slick” Leonard have been elected to The Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, NBA.com has learned.

The official announcement is expected to be made at the 3:30 p.m. ET news conference at All-Star weekend.

Marciulionis spent four seasons in Golden State and was a part of the fabled Run TMC teams of the late 1980s that featured Chris Mullin, Mitch Richmond and Tim Hardaway as the core. He also played with the Seattle SuperSonics, Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings and had career averages of 12.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.2 apg and 1.3 spg in 363 career NBA games.

Marciulionis was elected via the International Committee for his work with the Soviet Union and Lithuania teams during their international competitions including the Olympics and the world champinoships.

Leonard, still a favorite in indiana as a Pacers broadcaster, was elected via the ABA Committee. Under his coaching, the Pacers became the marquee team in the ABA, winning 529 games and three ABA championships. He is a member of both the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and the Indiana University Sports Hall of Fame, where he was a standout player in the 1950s.

3 Comments

  1. Bobby Z says:

    David Stern did well for himself and the owners. I guess you can say he delivered in a financial bottom line way. As far as the product of the game I do not like the changes made.
    1) 3 Referees have slowed the game up. Inconsistency in the way games are called. To many rules to control the game. It has taken away from the flow of the game. The three point line has made for an ugly game. It used to be a team would work the ball in low to get the best percentage shot,(in to out) now its bombs away. Hard to watch from a purity standpoint.
    2) All the rules to stop the players from fighting. In the old days the players decided on the court without fear of being suspended. It kept the game from getting chippy.
    3) The game has become a circus atmosphere. Loud piped in music, Noisy props, Cheerleaders and seats that are way to expensive for my budget. No more GO .50 cent tickets. I guess you can say I long for the old days. But give Stern credit he did his job.

  2. xaxatoon says:

    -S.Marciulionis- He is a player to remember. He brought useful stuff from Europe to the NBA, such like EUROSTEP which is used a lot by players(Gionobili, Wade…). He had a winners attitude, never gave up till the last secondsof a game, physically strong and fast. S.Marciulionis definetely deserves it.