Kyle Goon: Frank Vogel starts off his comments today by recognizing the death of Slick Leonard, the all-time winningest Pacers coach. "Slick really took me under his wing as a young coach ... provided great friendship and support."
Kyle Goon: Vogel mentions that Slick Leonard "always had strong opinions about Lance Stephenson" and "was always a big Lance guy," which makes me want to ask approximately 1000 follow-ups.
Tony East: Nate Bjorkgren on the passing of Slick Leonard: “He meant so much to Indiana basketball. He’s an Indiana legend; a Pacers legend. The Pacers might not exist today without him.”
NBA Communications: 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.
Scott Agness: Hall of Famer Slick Leonard has passed away, league sources tell @FieldhouseFiles. He was 88.
May 11, 2021 | 6:49 pm EDT Update
Brad Townsend: Carlisle says “we’ve got to win ourselves out of the play-in; that hasn’t officially happened yet. A lot of people are making assumptions. I like our position . . but we’ve got to bring it to the finish line.” Says Portland/Lakers “probably are unlikely to lose.”
Alex Schiffer: Steve Nash said he hopes James Harden is able to play in one of the Nets final three regular season games, but there are a lot of factors in play as to if that happens.
Malika Andrews: Steve Nash says Bruce Brown broke his nose in a collision in practice. He will wear a mask tonight in Chicago and then be fitted for a more “proper” mask when the Nets return to Brooklyn.
Rob Schaefer: No Troy Brown Jr. tonight vs. Nets, Billy Donovan says. Had been questionable with sprained ankle — and is getting closer — but needs more practice time (last played April 19). Daniel Theis (hip) is on track to return. Just has to warm up to be sure.
May 11, 2021 | 6:28 pm EDT Update
Ohm Youngmisuk: Ty Lue says the hope is that Serge Ibaka will return at some point on this road trip and play in a couple games before the postseason. Patrick Beverley will also start at point guard tonight.