The San Diego Chargers’ powder-blue uniforms get our vote for the best throwback jerseys of all time. But the Indiana Pacers will challenge the Chargers for throwback supremacy next season, when they’ll wear special uniforms similar to the ones worn by Hickory High School in “Hoosiers” to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic sports movie.
The Pacers unveiled the throwback uniforms on Tuesday, posting pictures on Twitter of guard George Hill, an Indiana native, wearing the Hickory jersey and gold shorts.
“It’s an honor to break this news: @Pacers going Hollywood next season! #HickoryPacers #HoosiersMovie,” Hill posted with his picture.
The Pacers will wear the throwback jerseys for select games over the next several seasons.
“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,” said Larry Bird, an Indiana native and the Pacers president of basketball operations. “Hoosiers takes us all back to a special place and time.”
The film, which premiered in 1986, was inspired by the 1954 Indiana high school state champion team from tiny Milan and is widely regarded as one of the best sports movies ever made.
No word if the Pacers will be required to make a minimum of four passes before every shot when they’re wearing the Hickory jerseys.