Indiana Pacers Celebrating 50th Anniversary Sunday
(photo courtesy: Frank McGrath/Indiana Pacers)
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- It's officially the 50th anniversary for your Indiana Pacers.
The team played its first-ever regular season game in the old American Basketball Association on this day in 1967 against the Kentucky Colonels. The Pacers beat the Colonels 117-95 at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum on that day led by 24 points from future Naismith Hall of Fame forward Roger Brown.
The team went on to win 3 ABA championships under coach Bobby "Slick" Leonard in 1970, 1972 and 1973. The team has never won an NBA championship, though they did make an appearance in the NBA Finals in 2000. They lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
You can hear more about the team in "Indiana's Team, 50 Years With the Indiana Pacers." That special will air for the first time this Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 pm on 93 WIBC.