The Indiana Pacers and their decision to wear Hickory High uniforms from the movie Hoosiers in the 2015-16 season has been met with plenty of positive buzz, and today the Pacers announced the 10 dates to see those uniforms in action, both at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis as well as select road dates.
In addition to the uniforms being worn, all six Hickory Nights home games will be paired with honorees from Indiana's rich high school basketball history from George Daniel Crowe, Indiana's first Mr. Basketball to the 2016 IHSAA Girls and Boys State Champions.
While the decision to wear the Hickory uniforms was met with general applause, those who detracted the idea felt the legacy of the state's basketball heritage was being belittled by the tie-in with MGM Studios and that the Pacers should've instead paid tribute to real champions from the state's history, not a fictitious version of the state's history.
But with the honorees, the Pacers managed to touch not only upon the most important aspects of the state's basketball history from Crawfordsville to Indiana Mr. Basketball, but do so without the uniforms reflecting one team in the process of doing so that could in turn lead to drawing attention from both Crispus Attucks and Milan.
In addition to the six home games, the Pacers will be wearing the uniforms on the road four times:
- Nov. 29 at Los Angeles Lakers
- Dec. 30 at Chicago Bulls
- Jan. 13 at Boston Celtics
- Apr. 3 at New York Knicks
The Pacers will see national television audiences in the Hickory uniforms for two of the games; November 6th against the Heat and January 13th at Boston. It comes as a bit of a surprise the Pacers didn't opt for more nationally televised games to showcase the uniforms, but at the same time, for something that's meant to honor Indiana high school basketball above all else, it's also nice that a majority of the games will be kept for Pacers fans and Hoosiers to primarily enjoy.