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Roy Hibbert Is Not a Fan of Indiana Pacers New Summer League Jersey

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 03:  Roy Hibbert #55 of the Indiana Pacers looks on dejected as he answers questions from the media at his post game press conference after the Miami Heat won 99-76 during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 3, 2013 in Miami, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2013

Roy Hibbert has taken exception to the Indiana Pacers' summer league jersey.

Scott Agness of Pacers.com reported that the Pacers were going to test out the Adidas short-sleeve uniforms during summer league play.

Previously, Darren Rovell of ESPN reported that the NBA planned to expand the use of said jerseys, in an effort to drive sales revenue and give fans more versatile purchasing options.

Indiana's now famed big man isn't a fan of said expansion. At the very least, he's opposed to the version the Pacers will be tasked with sporting.

Fortunately for Hibbert, he's not at a point in his career where he'll be showcasing his talents in summer league games. 

His distaste for the sleeved look is likely the result of his aversion to sleeves in general or the absence of all gold everything.

"Blue Collar, Gold Swagger" was Indiana's anthem during the team's impressive playoff run. Fans clothed themselves in school-bus-esque yellow with various blue patterns in support of the team. This was the Pacers' identity.

The sleeved experiment puts the Pacers in all black everything instead. Not even their team name is written in gold. Only the word "basketball" is.

Hibbert has a case if he's turned off by the absence of a team-defining color scheme.

At least the Golden State Warriors were able to remain shrouded in yellow.

Let us then hope that these don't make it past the summer league for the Pacers, lest Hibbert go from protecting the rim with a smirk to blocking shots while pouting.

 

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