One of the most beloved sports movies of all time will be repped on NBA courts this season.
The Indiana Pacers announced Tuesday that they would be wearing jerseys inspired by the 1986 film Hoosiers during select games this year as part of the NBA’s Pride Collection.
Pacers point guard George Hill took to Twitter to model the new look.
— INDIANA GEORGE HILL (@George_Hill3) July 21, 2015
Here’s the jersey from the film, for comparison.
Hoosiers, the story of a small-town high school basketball team that wins the state championship, will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016. The film is loosely based on the real-life town of Milan, Indiana. The town’s boy’s basketball team won the state championship in 1954.
Pacers president of basketball operations and Boston Celtics great Larry Bird told NBA.com that the jerseys were a special treat.
“Our 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,” Bird said. “Hoosiers takes us all back to a special place and time.”
Todd Taylor, Pacers Sports & Entertainment’s senior vice president for sales and marketing, told NBA.com that the Hickory uniforms embody the Pacer way.
“Obviously, we revere the film,” Taylor said. “But more importantly, we believe our organization, especially our players, embody the core message of the story.”