INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Hickory Huskers are coming to the NBA next season.
The Indiana Pacers will celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of “Hoosiers” by wearing the maroon and gold uniforms that Jimmy Chitwood and the Huskers made famous in the beloved film.
The Pacers said Tuesday that the Hickory uniforms will be worn in select 2015-16 games through a partnership with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, the company that debuted “Hoosiers” in 1986.
The film, inspired by the small-town team from Milan that won the 1954 Indiana high school championship, was nominated for two Academy Awards and is regarded as one of sports’ best films.
Pacers President Larry Bird says the team is honored to wear the uniforms “because of the attention it will bring to the storied history of Indiana basketball and the success of that movie.”