My Cell Phone Photos Categories: A Decrease font size. A Reset font size. A Increase font size. Two Attucks alums: Oscar Robertson and Hallie Bryant. A photo of a photo on Bryant's wall at home. Yu Sakagami comes to a Pacers game every season from Japan, where he works as a translator. He was inspired to learn English after watching Reggie Miller play for the Pacers. He met Nancy Leonard before a game in 2017. Yu was back with his son in the 2018-19 season and was able to meet Nate McMillan. His son presented McMillan with a drawing he had made, and Nate walked him back to his office to give him some souvenirs. Slick Leonard was close friends with Ralph Beard, who played for the Indianapolis Olympians. Here he meets with Ralph's son and daughter before a Pacers game in the 2017-18 season. Slick Leonard, man of the people, hangs out on the smoker's porch during halftime of Pacer games. Former Pacer Darnell Hillman waits for Leonard to drive him to his car via the service elevator after every home Pacers game. Darnell Hillman tries to talk Slick Leonard into going home during a home game in the 2018-19 season. Slick's nose was bleeding, and wouldn't stop. He refused to leave until Pacers president Rick Fuson came up to convince him. Slick and Nancy Leonard at the ABA reunion at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in 2018. Donnie Freeman, starting guard on the Pacers' 1973 championship team, at the ABA reunion. He sacrificed his offense to achieve his goal of winning a championship. His second season with the team didn't go as well and he finished his career in San Antonio and Los Angeles with the Lakers. But he got what he was looking for. Freddie Lewis poses with Julius Erving at the ABA reunion. Erving was the most popular player there, the one other players most wanted to talk with or be photographed with. Speakers at the ABA reunion in 2018. From left: George McGinnis, Spencer Haywood, Doug Moe, Julius Erving, emcee Bob Costas, Rick Barry, George Gervin and Dan Issel. Artis Gilmore was angry he wasn't invited to participate in the discussion. An argument certainly could have been made on his behalf, but it's difficult to conduct an event such as this without bruising someone's ego. When Larry Bird talks, reporters tend to listen. He was appearing on the Pacers' pre-game show and hadn't addressed the media for a while. This man, Dr. Richard Bennett of Pennsylvania, had attended every Indianapolis 500 since 1939 when this photo was taken in 2016. I drove to New Castle to meet him and his traveling party before the race. He's featured in a One on One episode on this site. Pacers from the Sixties attended the Decade Night during the 2016-17 season. From right: Oliver Darden, Jerry Harkness, Ron Kozlicki, Jimbo Rayl (son of Jimmy Rayl), Tom Thacker, Bob Netolicky, Freddie Lewis, Lewis' son Benjamin, and Jeannie Gardner, the second wife of Roger Brown. I organized a mini-reunion for some ex-Pacers a couple of days before the Indianapolis 500 in 2017. From left: Steve Chubin, George McGinnis, Slick Leonard, Bob Netolicky and Jerry Harkness. The kid in front is Jacob, Chubin's grandson. I have One on One episodes on this site for everyone pictured (except Jacob). Two former Evansville All-Americans, Don Buse and Larry Humes. Buse played seven seasons for the Pacers while Humes was the last player cut by the Pacers in 1967. He worked as an usher at games until the 2019-20 season. Larry Humes with his college warmup jacket. I took it to go with a story on Evansville's classic uniforms for the Indianapolis Business Journal. Reggie Miller, back in Madison Square Garden before a Pacers playoff game in 2013. That's his former teammate Austin Croshere in the background and sportswriter Marc Spears on the right. David West visited the Pendleton Correctional Facility to talk with the juvenile inmates. I was allowed to tag along. He gave an impressive speech, full of practical wisdom. My account of this visit can be found on this website, under "Stories." I dropped by Hinkle Fieldhouse one Sunday during its renovation. It's merely the nation's most historic basketball facility, given the number of great players who have run up and down its court since 1928. I took this shot of two former One on One guests in 2016. Hallie Bryant and Greg Bell were ready to head down to IU for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Both were already members. This was shot in Bryant's home. Bell won the gold medal in the long jump in the 1956 Olympics. Bryant was Mr. Basketball in 1953 out of Crispus Attucks and went on to play at IU and for the Globetrotters. Former Colts coach Tony Dungy dropped by a Pacers practice in the 2015-16 season and chatted with Paul George. CeCe Daniels brought some of her husband Mel's watches to a Pacers game in 2016 to offer one to former Pacer Darnell Hillman. He took a yellow one. Walt Frazier prepping for his broadcast before a Pacers game with the Knicks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the 2018-19 season. Such a conservative dresser, eh? He's a great guy to talk with in this setting. Former opponents Walt Frazier and Larry Humes renew their acquaintance before a Pacers game in 2016. They played against one another in college, Frazier at Southern Illinois and Humes at Evansville. Frazier went on to become an NBA Hall of Famer while Humes was one of the final players cut by the Chicago Bulls and Pacers. Frazier is now part of the Knicks broadcast team while Humes worked as an usher at Pacer games. Humes' team won when they met for the small college national championship in 1965. Larry Humes accompanied me to Evansville for a book signing. We stopped by the Ford Center, where one of the display cases honors his All-American career there. Larry Humes, left, and Jerry Harkness. Humes was Indiana's Mr. Basketball in 1962 and was an All-American at the University of Evansville. He was the last player cut by the Pacers before their first season in 1967. Harkness, an All-American at Loyola, was the last player kept. Life turned out well for both. Jerry Harkness and Tom Thacker at the memorial service to honor George McGinnis' wife, Lynda. They played against one another in the 1963 NCAA championship game. Harkness' Loyola team defeated Thacker's Cincinnati team in overtime. They still manage to be friends, though. The celebration service for George McGinnis' wife, Lynda, drew a huge crowd to Crown Hill Cemetery. Look closely and you can see Slick Leonard and Bob Netolicky at the front table next to the speaker. McGinnis' high school teammate, Jim Arnold, is in red in the lower left corner. Leonard's wife, Nancy, is in the far background in pink. Former Pacer Derrick McKey is in the kitchen in the very back, sitting. Tom Thacker is seated in the foreground next to CeCe Daniels, wife of Mel, the former Pacer and McGinnis teammate. The man nearest the camera in red is Jim Arnold, McGinnis' teammate at Washington High School. Thad Young and Myles Turner perform Media Day duties in 2016. Tamika Catchings and her Olympic gold medals pose with some Pacers following one of their September workouts, a couple of days before her final game with the Fever. Left to right: Glenn Robinson III, Jeff Teague, Dan Burke, C.J. Miles, Catchings, Rodney Stuckey, Nate McMillan and Monta Ellis. Jeff Teague visits his former Latin teacher at Pike High School. I took Latin at Pike back in the day, and was surprised to learn it was still taught there. Jeff Teague talks with his favorite former teacher at Pike High School, Geometry teacher Miss Guimond. He hated the class at first. She promised to get him a girlfriend if he got a good grade. He got a B. Then she told him he didn't need help, he was a basketball star. Three original members of the Pacers' stat crew. From left to right: Bill Bevan, crew chief Bill York, and Bob Bernath. They were working games when the franchise began in 1967, although Bernath officially joined the crew the following season. Local boxer Anthony Sims at his gym, mugging with David West. Mel Daniels, on his ranch in Sheridan. Three Mr. Basketballs: Bill Keller ('65), Denny Brady ('64) and Billy Shepherd ('68). Bobby Plump and the man who was defending his legendary game-winning shot in the 1954 state championship game, Jimmy Barnes. A photo of a photo in Plump's collection. Not from my cell phone, but from somebody else's while I posed with three members of Milan's state championship team after recording a show for public television. From left: Ray Craft, Gene White and Bobby Plump. Talking with Paul George on media day before the 2016-17 season, George's last with the team. It looks like I'm holding the microphone, but that's somebody else's left arm. Paul George recording a message for Tamika Catchings two days before her final game with the Fever in 2016. Celeste Bayou works the camera. Attitudes change quickly in the NBA. Paul George was greeted with signs such as this one when he returned to Bankers Life Fieldhouse with Oklahoma City in 2017. I've never asked someone to take a picture of me with a "celebrity," but my wife took this one anyway at a charity event in the summer of 2015. I'm glad she did. Not the greatest quality, but far better than nothing. I didn't ask for this one to be taken, either, but didn't object when I was asked to do it. For people my age, Rick Mount was as big a star the state of Indiana has ever had. This was taken at the old Lebanon High School gym, where he played. He was Mr. Basketball in 1966 and a Sports Illustrated cover subject. Rick Mount, working his shooting camp at the old Lebanon High School gym where he gained national fame as a player. The girl he's talking with is his granddaughter. Former teammates Darnell Hillman and Mel Daniels, hardly paying attention at a Pacers game. They shared a common background, growing up with strong blue collar fathers who instilled toughness. Danny Granger posing on media day before the 2013-14 season. Danny Granger again, talking with reporters early in the 2013-14 season. At the time he was optimistic about making a full recovery and becoming a major contributor to the team that had reached the conference finals the previous season. He only was able to play in 29 games, however, and was traded in February. The Bankers Life Fieldhouse lobby in the 2013-14 season, when it looked like they nearly had an embarrassment of riches - if Granger could have become healthy again. The Pacer starters attend the postgame press conference together after eliminating the Knicks in 2013. This turned out to be the peak moment for that promising team. All five players had been the scoring leader in at least one game in the series, and their togetherness and chemistry were never better. Pre-game fireworks for a Pacers game at Miami in the 2013 conference finals. Former Pacers trainer David Craig working on former Purdue star Rob Hummel the summer before Hummel's first pro season. David Craig working on George McGinnis in December of 2020. Craig's role as the Pacers trainer has continued even after the franchise let him go. He still works on Slick Leonard and other players. Purdue players on a happy ride home following a win at Penn State. Jimmy Rayl, who passed away in 2019, was the kind of guy who attracted visitors. The Van Arsdale twins, Tom and Dick, visited him in the summer of 2018. The three werew teammates at IU in the 1962-63 season, when Rayl was a senior and the twins were sophomores. (Photo courtesy of Rayl's wife, Nancy.) Rayl was proud of the notable basketball figures who had taken a shot in his driveway. Here former Pacers teammate Jerry Harkness guards him. Harkness had called and invited himself up to Kokomo to visit Rayl many years ago. They were teammates on the first Pacers team in the 1967-68 season, but both were released the following season. Rayl was all about offense, Harkness was all about defense. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Rayl.) Rayl assigned himself as Matt Painter's "street agent" when Painter was in high school, and helped gather scholarship offers for him. Painter visited Rayl while at Delta High School, as these photos show. Painter spoke at Rayl's funeral service in 2019 and returned to speak when a ceremony was conducted after a street was named for Rayl. Matt Painter puts up a jumper in Rayl's driveway, joining a club that included Rick Mount, John Havllicek, Scott Skiles, Jerry Harkness and others. (Photos courtesy of Nancy Rayl.) Rayl asked to pose with me before a game at Purdue in the 2011-12 season. I was flattered, to say the least. He wasn't wearing Purdue colors by mistake. He rode to games with Matt Painter's father and openly rooted for the Boilermakers (despite having been an All-American at IU.) Mel Daniels with one of his beloved horses. Ex-Pacers Billy Knight (1), Darnell Hillman (3) and George McGinnis (4). The man second from the left is McGinnis' cousin, also named George. People formerly associated with the Pacers gather to honor Slick Leonard before his induction into the Hall of Fame in 2014. From left to right: Jerry Baker, Jerry Oliver, Darnell Hillman, Bill Newton, Mel Daniels, Slick Leonard, Billy Knight, Tom Thacker, Billy Keller. I'm not sure of the identity of the man on the right. Golden State guard Steph Curry meets the media following the morning shootaround the day his team met the Pacers here in 2015. The bald man standing in front of him is Warriors media relations director Raymond Ridder, one of the all-time greats of his profession. Here's Curry in another season meeting with the media. He was injured and did not play. Former teammates Jonathan Bender and Austin Croshere talk during a recent Pacers game. Croshere was in town for a few days with his wife, an Indianapolis native. Slick Leonard signing an autograph during halftime of a Pacers game. He does a lot of this before, during and after games. Billy Shepherd, Darnell Hillman and Billy Keller check the scores after a round of golf at Bear Slide. Shepherd won all the money. Shepherd was Mr. Basketball in 1968, Keller in 1965. Hillman is a former Pacer. Former Butler star Billy Shepherd poses in front of his photo at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Shepherd was Indiana's Mr. Basketball in 1968 out of Carmel High School. After becoming Butler's all-time leading scorer he played for three teams in the ABA. The lady with the plates performs at halftime of a Pacers game. She always managed to impress, no matter how many times you've seen her. Philadelphia's Joel Embiid receiving treatment before a game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. I have no idea why they weren't doing this in the training area of the locker room. One of the stranger things I've seen at a game. Members of the ABA Pacer teams gather for a fundraiser in the summer of 2015. Billy Keller, Darnell Hillman, Bob Netolicky, Mel Daniels, George McGinnis, Slick Leonard and David Craig. Slick Leonard and Austin Croshere. Larry Bird and Slick Leonard, at the Pacers golf outing in 2015. Three former Indiana Mr. Basketballs, at a Pacers game in 2017. Jay Edwards (1987), Woody Austin (1988) and Lyndon Jones (1987). Jerry Harkness, a member of the original Pacers team, squeezed into a car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2017. I had lunch with Harkness and the Pacers' first media relations director, Bill Marvel, that day. Former Pacers teammates George McGinnis and Darnell Hillman. They once owned an appliance store together. It didn't last long. Their friendship has. Newly-acquired Pacers Victor Oladipo, Domas Sabonis and Darren Collison met with the media in July, 2017. Team president Kevin Pritchard is left, and coach Nate McMillan at right. Glenn Robinson III and rookie TJ Leaf model the latest Pacer uniforms in July of 2017. Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis have been traded together twice, to Oklahoma City and to the Pacers. They joined forces for a post-practice interview during the 2017-18 season. T.J. Leaf doing a radio interview at the press conference announcing his selection in the draft in 2017. Kevin Pritchard and Aaron Holiday at the 2018 press conference to introduce the Pacers' first-round draft pick. Aaron Holiday's parents, Shawn and Toya, look on during his press conference. All three of their sons play in the NBA. They must have done something right as parents. Tyreke Evans and Doug McDermott were introduced at a joint press conference in the summer of 2018. Evans lasted for one troubled season, McDermott turned out better than many fans expected. Goga Bitadze at his introductory press conference in 2019. He showed great insight into the Pacers and a sense of humor. I'm talking with Slick Leonard outside of Seasons 52 after arranging a luncheon in May of 2017. We were talking about how many Indiana high school basketball players are in the Naismith Hall of Fame. (Photo courtesy of Ali Nicholson.) Nancy Leonard greets Lance Stephenson at the Pacers annual golf outing in September of 2017. Three former players at the Pacers golf outing in 2017: From front to back: Tom Thacker, Eddie Gill and Fred Jones. Here's Boomer at the 2019 golf outing. He had just hit a good drive off the first tee. Paul George meeting with reporters at the Pacers' annual golf outing in 2016. This is when he said he didn't want to play the "four" position as Larry Bird recommended. Derrick McKey came out for one of the early rounds of the LPGA event at Brickyard Crossing in 2019. He's posing with a golfer from his alma mater, Alabama. It's always interesting when different generations of athletes gather. Scot Pollard, Darnell Hillman and George McGinnis signed autographs at Fan Jam in October of 2017. Rik Smits stopped by to visit with Donnie Walsh after Smits recorded a podcast with me during the 2016-17 season. Walsh drafted Smits with the second overall pick in 1988. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck attended a Pacers playoff game in 2018. He was met in the underground garage at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and escorted to a suite by Pacers administrator Brenda Carmony Lawson. LeBron James meets with the media after Cleveland closed out the Pacers in the 2018 playoffs. Group photo from 2018 Media Day. Darren Collison and Cory Joseph clown at the Pacers' 2018 Media Day. Collison was kidding Joseph about his new hairstyle. Domas Sabonis, Victor Oladipo, Malcolm Brogdon and Myles Turner pose at the 2019 media day. Pay Boylan, Victor Oladipo, Domas Sabonis and Mark Boyle yuck it up at the 2019 media day. Darnell Hillman was a "helper" as a player and has the same role in the front office today. He does it well. Reggie Miller prepares for a press conference at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in 2019. Those two kids in the front row belong to him and the woman next to them. Reggie Miller talks with Chris Denari while Erik Winning runs the camera. He was promoting a fundraising bicycle ride from the north side of Indianapolis to Terre Haute the next day. This is Myles Turner's shoe from the 2018-19 season. He wrote TYT on it to remind himself to Take Your Time. He wrote SIYS on another shoe - Stay In Your Shot. Both were good advice, as he tended to rush his shot and not follow through sometimes. Speaking of shoes, this is what Paul George wore at the press conference announcing his contract extension with the Pacers. At the time, it seemed his future with the franchise was destined to be long and great. Fred Hoiberg gets his head shaved by equipment manager Joe Qatato before the 1998 playoffs. Qatato provided this photo. Former Purdue star Carsen Edwards at his pre-draft workout with the Pacers in 2019. He was drafted by Boston. Jeremy Lamb prepares to pose for some photos with Pacers photographer Ron Hoskins following Lamb's introductory press conference in 2019. Former Indianapolis Indians GM Max Schumacher talks with Inside Indiana Business co-host Bill Benner before we recorded a segment for the show. Max and I were there to talk about our book, "Extra Innings," in which he recalled his 60-year history with the franchise. A view of Victory Field from the press box. Max Schumacher and I signed books for fans there a few times.d Former Pacer Billy Keller, right, spoke at the dedication ceremony for the legendary Meadowood Park court in Speedway in 2019. He's seated next to Tom Gilbert, an all-state player from Speedway High School who went on to play at Purdue. Keller was using a walker at the time because he was rehabbing from a knee replacement. I played golf with Billy Keller in 2017. Or maybe it was 2018, I'm not sure. I beat him by one stroke, but I would have much rather lost by a stroke and had his basketball career. Bobby Plump speaking at a Kiwanis Club luncheon at the Columbia Club in downtown Indianapolis in 2019. He's told his stories a thousand times, but always does it enthusiastically. Butler brought in the Van Arsdale twins to speak during the 2019-20 season. They posed with a few other former Mr. Basketballs who came out to listen. From left: Hallie Bryant (1953), Dick Van Arsdale (1961), Dave Shepherd (1970), Bobby Plump (1954), Tom Van Arsdale (1961). George McGinnis with his high school coach, Jerry Oliver, at a reunion for city high school players at Butler in 2020. Oliver coached McGinnis at Washington High School as a sophomore and junior before going to IU as an assistant coach. A painting on a wall in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, incorporating some of the greatest former Pacers. The original version misspelled the names of Mullin and Fleming so they had to be redone. This artwork was added to a wall in the media room at Bankers Life Fieldhouse during the 1999-2000 season. It shows the Pacers who have been inducted to the Naismith Hall of Fame. Mel Daniels, Slick Leonard, Roger Brown, Reggie Miller and George McGinnis. The logo was later painted in the middle. The street in front of the Kokomo High School gym was dedicated for Jimmy Rayl in 2020. Special guests included Rayl's college teammate Tom Bolyard, Pacers representative Darnell Hillman and Rayl's former Pacers teammate, Jerry Harkness, who also played against Rayl in college. The Pacers picked up a lot of fans from Asian countries during Reggie Miller's career because they related to his work ethic, intelligence and lack of raw athleticism. This fan is just one example. He attended a game in the 1999-2000 season. And here's another example. This fan asked me to take a photo with Slick Leonard at halftime of a game in the 1999-2000 season. Yes, Slick is about to light up a heater. You can say he shouldn't be doing that at his age (87 at this time), especially with his bad heart. But you can also say he can do whatever he wants at his age. Slick is a medical miracle, having survived every vice known to man. I went with 1953 Mr. Basketball Hallie Bryant to a playground on 16th St. A young man stopped by to shoot around and Hallie engaged him in conversation and instruction. It all fit into a story I wrote for the Indianapolis Business Journal. Not a cell phone photo, but one that's valuable to me: my uncle, Bob Lemen, with Jesse Owens. Uncle Bob was a Big Ten hurdles champion at Purdue, but that was after Owens had graduated from Ohio State. He was no match for the legendary Olympic champion in their head-to-head races. Uncle Bob used to joke, "I stayed right with Jesse - until the gun went off." Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.