From the silver screen to the hardwood at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the classic uniforms worn by Hickory High in the movie Hoosiers and inspired by the 1954 Indiana High School state champions from Milan High School will be donned by the Indiana Pacers in select games next season as part of the NBA Pride Collection, George Hill announced via social media:
"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," Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird told Pacers.com. "Hoosiers takes us all back to a special place and time."
While the defensive style, four-pass offense executed by Hickory in the film will be a stark contrast to the fast-paced version of the game the Pacers hope to implement next season, the overarching theme of the film is timeless:
"Five players on the floor functioning as one single unit: team, team, team - no one more important than the other," says Coach Norman Dale, as played by Gene Hackman.
Partnering with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in honor of the 30th anniversary of the film nominated for two Oscars and widely considered as one of the the best sports movies of all the time, it would be fitting if one of the select games the Pacers will wear the Hickory uniforms next season ended with Indiana-native George Hill (a la Jimmy Chitwood) telling head coach Frank Vogel in the huddle, "I'll make it."
Yesterday's underdogs, today's champions.