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Pacers Legend George McGinnis Inducted Friday Into National Hall Of Fame

McGinnis was Mr. Basketball and won a state title with Washington High School in 1969, played for IU and won two ABA titles with the Pacers.

SPRINGFIELD, MA -- Indiana basketball legend George McGinnis will be inducted Friday night into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

McGinnis won a state championship with Washington High School in Indianapolis in 1969.  That same year, he was named Indiana's Mr. Basketball.  He played college basketball for Indiana University in 1970-71 and later became of the Indiana Pacers when the team won its ABA Championships in 1972 and 1973.

McGinness says those old Pacers teams really were a team.

"And we did everything together," says McGinnis.  "I don't think there's ever been a team that's been as close as our team.  We still get together bi-weekly or monthly to this day; all the old guys from the ABA who are still living or in town."

McGinnis left the Pacers for the NBA in 1974 and was part of the Philadelphia 76ers team that made the NBA Finals in 1976.  He later played for the Denver Nuggets before retiring back with the Pacers in 1982.

His fellow Pacers teammates Mel Daniels and Roger Brown, along with his former head coach Bobby "Slick" Leonard are already in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  Other former Pacers players inducted also include Reggie Miller and Chris Mullin.

McGinnis' induction ceremony is at 6:30 p.m. Friday on NBA TV.

(Kurt Darling contributed to this story)

Photo: Getty Images / George Gojkovich

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