Where Credit is Due
Feb. 23, 2011
By Larry Watts
A natural born leader?
Quinn Buckner would hear nothing of that. In the eyes of this 56-year-old, who is now in his 11th season as vice president of communications for Indiana Pacers Sports & Entertainment, all the credit for his leadership qualities can be traced back to the teachings of his parents, Jessica and the late William Buckner.
"I take no credit for that (leadership),'' he says. "My parents were educators and they molded a young man to do what was right and everybody just followed me. My parents made a point of how I should act and it was clear there was a hierarchy, an appropriate behavior and a way to avoid conflict.''
Through his playing days at Thornridge High School in Chicago's southeast suburban Dolton, four years at Indiana University and another 10 seasons in the National Basketball Association, Buckner was never the dominant star. But his teams won and they won often.
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