Early on Friday afternoon, to help kick off the NBA All-Star weekend festivities, the inductees and finalists for the 2013 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class were announced. Roger Brown, one of the greatest Indiana Pacers of all time, was announced as the inductee from the ABA committee. This honor will mark the second year in a row that an member of the ABA Indiana Pacers will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Last year, Indiana ABA legend Mel Daniels was named to the Hall of Fame class, along with NBA Indiana Pacers superstar, Reggie Miller.
Roger Brown played for the ABA Pacers from 1967 until 1975, and during that time, he helped the Pacers to win three ABA Championships. Brown was a four-time ABA All-Star, and was also a unanimous choice to be named one of the ABA’s Top 50 All-Time players. In 1997, Brown was also one of only seven players to be unanimously selected to the ABA All-Time Team.
Brown’s jersey has been retired by the Pacers, and now hangs in the rafters at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, next to his fellow teammate Mel Daniels, Reggie Miller, and his former coach, Bobby “Slick” Leonard. Leonard, who coached the Indiana Pacers to their three ABA Championships, has been widely recognized as one of the biggest Basketball Hall of Fame snubs to this day. Now that Daniels an Brown have been honored with Hall of Fame induction, there is a good chance that Leonard will be next in line.