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Basketball Hall of Famers now get orange jackets with induction

Shaquille O'Neal, Yao Ming

2016 class of inductees into the Basketball Hall of Fame Shaquille O’Neal shakes hands with Yao Ming, right, of China, during a news conference at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in Springfield, Mass. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) The Masters has its green jacket. Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame get a yellow one.

Now inductees to the basketball Hall of Fame will be presented with a “Naismith Orange” blazer when they are enshrined in hoops immortality.

The Hall unveiled the new jackets on Thursday before presenting a 2016 class of inductees that includes Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson and Yao Ming. Basketball hall inductees have long been presented with a blue blazer.

“We’ll certainly be seen wherever we are,” said Hall chairman Jerry Colangelo, who was presented with the first jacket.

The American-made jacket by Haggar features a Hall of Fame crest on the left breast and special buttons.