INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers will wear their iconic Flo-Jo jerseys once again for Wednesday’s nationally-televised game at Memphis, the final game of the regular season. The Pacers have received approval from the NBA to wear their throwback uniforms for Wednesday’s game, which will be televised locally on FOX Sports Indiana and nationally on ESPN. Indiana can clinch a playoff berth for the fifth straight year with a win over the Grizzlies.
A longtime fan favorite, the Pacers originally wore the Flo-Jo jerseys, designed by USA Track and Field star Florence Griffith-Joyner, for seven seasons from 1990-1997; which coincided with the first major steps of success of the franchise during its NBA Years. During that time, the Pacers made six appearances in the playoffs and two Eastern Conference Finals appearances.
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This season, the team originally wore the Flo-Jo jerseys in six games as part of the NBA’s Hardwood Classics program. After receiving permission from the NBA, the team wore them on April 10 in Detroit. The Pacers have not lost when wearing the jerseys, winning by an average of 10.7 points per game.
In wearing the uniforms, the Pacers organization has attempted to honor the legacy of Florence Griffith-Joyner, a three-time Olympic gold medalist who passed away at the age of 38 due to a cavernous angioma. Mary Joyner, Griffith-Joyner’s daughter, sang the national anthem before the March 29 game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. In addition to Joyner and her family, the Pacers also invited a group connected with Angioma Alliance, an organization by and for those affected by cavernous angiomas, to attend the game as special guests of the franchise.