Mel Daniels Rumors
If you’ve ever strolled through the IMS Pavillion on the main concourse of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, you’ve probably stopped to admire the mural that’s painted on the wall near the escalators. The mural pays homage to Pacers greats like Reggie Miller, George McGinnis, Mel Daniels, Roger Brown and more. But what most admirers of the piece may not know is that the artist, Indianapolis native Pamela Bliss, is currently in Los Angeles hoping a movie that she contributed to wins an Oscar at the Academy Awards.
Indiana Pacers forward Paul George has been honored as the inaugural recipient of the 2015-16 Mel Daniels Award, the Indianapolis Chapter of Professional Basketball Writers Association announced today. The award is named after the late Mel Daniels, who was a humble and generous teammate with the Pacers and displayed those same attributes with the media. The two-time Most Valuable Player in the ABA and starting center on three championship teams maintained a cooperative and honest approach with reporters throughout his six seasons with the team. As a scout with the Pacers, he continued to be an accessible source for reporters seeking inside knowledge and offered reliable insight to those writing about his former teammates or coach. He never sought attention, yet never refused to cooperate with those seeking information.
Peter Vecsey: RMiller’s remembrance of Mel Daniels was phenomenal. Slick Leonard’s reflected core of undying love 4 each other & Pacers past & present. Slick cried…as we all did, and do. Never has there been a person as habitually straightforward as Mel Daniels, who had so many people claiming 2B his best friend. It’s a tie!
Prior to tip-off on Saturday night’s game against the Jazz, the Pacers will mourn the passing of Basketball Hall of Famer and Pacers great, Mel Daniels, with a moment of silence. On Wednesday, November 4, the Pacers will recognize and celebrate his life and accomplishments with a series of special tributes throughout the game.