INDIANAPOLIS (April 25, 2012) – With the announcement of Pacers’ center Mel Daniels election into the Naismith Hall of Fame and the ensuing recognition for Daniels along with the American Basketball Association and the Indiana Pacers, the team honored its three ABA championship teams when the Pacers closed the regular season against the Chicago Bulls at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Members of the three championship teams (1969-70, 1971-72 and 1972-73) were recognized at halftime in a special ceremony. There was special recognition for Daniels, the two-time ABA MVP who played on all three teams and is the first Pacers’ player inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Prior to the recognition at the game, the ABA legends met at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for a team luncheon to reminisce about their accomplishments. Mel Daniels, George McGinnis, Bobby “Slick” Leonard and many others came together and spoke to Pacers.com about the past and the future of the Pacers franchise.