Mel Daniels and Bob Netolicky: Best friends to the end
Bob Netolicky began his day Friday with a phone call from his best friend, Mel Daniels. Even though they had chatted the night before about the Indiana Pacers, Daniels wanted to spend more time with Netolicky.
Bob Netolicky禮拜五的早上是被一通來自他最要好的朋友，Mel Daniels的電話叫醒的。儘管他們昨天晚上才聊過關於溜馬的話題，Daniels仍然想和Netolicky多相處一些時間。
About 12:30 p.m., Netolicky said Daniels asked him the usual questions: “Hey, how are you doing? I’m feeling good. You want to go to lunch?”
They agreed on Lincoln Square Pancake House in Westfield. Netolicky arrived a little after 1 p.m. He ordered coffee, grabbed two menus and told the waiter his former Pacers teammate would join him. Daniels was usually late anyway. After 20 minutes, Netolicky began to wonder where Daniels was. He called Daniels 10 minutes later. No answer. Netolicky ordered soup. He called again, after another five minutes. Still no answer.
“I had this crazy premonition,” Netolicky told the IndyStar in a telephone interview Saturday. “I thought, maybe something is wrong.”
He told the waiter that he would run up to this buddy’s house, make sure he was OK and that they would be right back. It took Netolicky 15 minutes to get from the restaurant to Daniels’ home and farm in Sheridan. A truck Daniels had received from the Pacers about a year ago was running, but motionless.
Netolicky ran to the truck and found Daniels slumped over in the driver’s seat. Netolicky turned off the truck and checked Daniels for a pulse. None. He called 911. Then for 20 minutes, while still on the phone with emergency response, he performed CPR on Daniels. But Netolicky knew the sad reality. His friend, Mel Daniels, had died.
“My heart kind of hit the floor,” Netolicky said. “It was almost like a surreal experience. I couldn’t believe what was really happening. Unfortunately, the worse thought I had was the outcome. It was a very, very rough day.”