While most NBA teams will create commemorative or throwback jerseys to honor their retro branding, the Indiana Pacers have done something different. An interesting new partnership with MGM will have the Pacers outfitted in Hickory Huskers jerseys during select regular season games to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the basketball film Hoosiers.
Point guard George Hill announced the news via Twitter by showing off the new threads.
— INDIANA GEORGE HILL (@George_Hill3) July 21, 2015
Larry Bird, President of Basketball Operations for the Pacers, has said that the team “will be honored to wear the Hickory uniforms because of the attention it will bring to the storied history of Indiana basketball and the success of that movie.”
Hoosiers, released in 1986, is based on the true story of a small town high school basketball team in Indiana and the struggles they overcame to reach the state finals in 1954. The film stars Gene Hackman as Coach Norman Dale, and Dennis Hopper as the town drunk, and former basketball player, Wilbur “Shooter” Flatch, both of whom work to shape the boys and lead the team to victory.