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Lakers’ Chick Hearn Night set for Saturday

by City News Service
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The Lakers will conduct their annual Chick Hearn Night Saturday evening, honoring their late longtime broadcaster at the game against the Houston Rockets at Crypto.com Arena.

Since Hearn’s death in 2002, the Lakers have designated their home game closest to the Nov. 27 anniversary of his birth in 1916 as Chick Hearn Night.

Hearn was the Lakers‘ play-by-play announcer from the start of their radio broadcasts during the 1961 NBA playoffs until his death. He coined many phrases, including slam dunk, which have transcended basketball into use in everyday life.

Hearn’s skill as an announcer is credited with helping turn the Lakers from a team that drew 4,008 fans for its first game in Los Angeles in 1960 to becoming one of the nation’s most popular sports franchises.

He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.

“He was the best basketball announcer ever,” Lakers television play-by-play announcer Bill Macdonald said, citing Hearn’s passion for the game, delivery, cadence, humor, knowledge, love of the team and honesty.

“We were just all lucky to grow up listening to him.”

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