The Indiana Pacers have decided to try to keep their Flo-Jo mojo going for one more game.
The NBA granted the Pacers permission to wear their 1990s retro Flo-Jo uniforms Friday in a road game at the Detroit Pistons. The Pacers are 6-0 this season in the iconic uniforms designed by the late track and field star Florence Griffith Joyner.
The team announced the attire switch on its Web site and said it was “due to the massive popularity of the uniforms and the team’s success while wearing them.”
The Pacers (35-43) need all the positive momentum they can get. They’re tied with the Miami Heat for ninth in the Eastern Conference, one game behind the Brooklyn Nets (36-42) and Boston Celtics (36-42) for the final two playoff spots.
“I'm very excited to get to wear the Flo-Jo jerseys for another game,” forward Paul George said, in quotes shared on Pacers.com. “The players love them and so do the fans. Whenever we wear them, it adds a little extra energy and excitement to the game.”
The uniforms were worn for seven seasons from 1990 to 1997, which coincided with the first major steps of franchise success in the NBA. During that era, the Pacers made six playoff appearances and reached two Eastern Conference finals.
Indiana has won by an average of 11.8 points in the six Flo-Jo games, including Wednesday’s 102-86 road victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The jerseys are part of the NBA’s Hardwood Classics program.
“We've had great success when wearing the Flo-Jo jerseys this season,” said center Roy Hibbert. “Hopefully we can keep it rolling on Friday in Detroit.”
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