Lakers coach Frank Vogel reflects on heartbreaking passing of Slick Leonard
Leonard, who served the Pacers for 50 years, died on Tuesday at the age of 88.
Frank Vogel says he will be coaching “with a heavy heart,” as he remembers the life of Bobby “Slick” Leonard, the former Indiana Pacers coach and broadcaster, whose death, at the age of 88, was announced Tuesday. Vogel will wear a pin with Slick’s “Boom Baby” phrase on it tonight pic.twitter.com/nk8h0CLU07
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 13, 2021
Frank Vogel starts his press conference by paying tribute to Bobby "Slick" Leonard, who he appreciated taking him under his wing when he was just a young coach with the Pacers.
— TV's Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) April 13, 2021
In a tribute by the NBA, Leonard was described as a hard-nosed player, legendary coach and insightful broadcaster who gave so much to the game. The former Pacers coach won three American Basketball Association championships and was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.
The NBA mourns the passing of Hall of Famer Bobby “Slick” Leonard, a beloved member of the Indiana Pacers organization for more than 50 years. A hard-nosed player, legendary coach and insightful broadcaster, Bobby had a profound impact on the game. Condolences to his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/pvZIhxSvs9
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) April 13, 2021
It was nice to see Frank Vogel give tribute to someone who impacted the game like Leonard did.
Vogel and his Lakers aim to finish their road trip with a win on Tuesday against the Charlotte Hornets. After dropping Monday’s game against the New York Knicks, LA dropped to 5-5 in their last 10 games. This isn’t bad of a record at all given that the situation the franchise finds itself in.
Vogel has his Lakers maintaining an elite defense (first in the league) even with their superstars out. The head coach is clearly on experimental mode as he continues to add recent buyout acquisitions Andre Drummond and Ben McLemore to his rotation. Drummond and McLemore’s best games so far happened on Saturday against the Brooklyn Nets—whom LA demolished by 25 points.
Moreover, Tuesday’s game will be a little challenging for the Lakers as they have a new player on the injury list once again. Forward Markieff Morris, who has played spectacular since LeBron James and Anthony Davis’ injury, will not play due to a sprained ankle. However, Marc Gasol, Kyle Kuzma and Wesley Matthews are all available.
Lakers will have Andre Drummond (elbow), Kyle Kuzma (calf), Marc Gasol (hamstring) & Wes Matthews (Achilles) vs. Hornets, who'll be without P.J. Washington & Terry Rozier.
Markieff Morris (ankle) is a game-time decision. Alfonzo McKinnie (health/safety protocols) is available.
— michael corvo (@_michaelcorvo_) April 13, 2021