throws up a prayer
just to name a few
These are pretty generic terms. Had no idea Chick invented all these. I knew about "slam dunk" and "airball" but "triple double" ?? Are you effin kidding me ? That's an official stat category !!! WOW !! What a man Chick was !!
Chick Hearn.....born in Aurora, Il., a suburb of Chicago in 1916......one of only 21 men elected to broadcaster's Hall of Fame....one of only three broadcasters elected to basketball Hall of Fame......called every single game from Nov.21 1965 to Dec.20 2001, a streak that lasted 36 years and 3,338 consecutive games...never regained conciousness after suffering a fall in his Encino home.
Rest in Peace, Chick.
I've been thinking about this today, as the radio station played Chick memorials and dedications, I don't think it's possible for me to feel closer to a stranger than I felt to Chick. You could argue that he was as valuable to the Lakers as any player, and that the Lakers would of considered getting rid of Kobe or Shaq before Chick. Listening to a Chick-ism is just as entertaining as a Shaq or Kobe slam. He certainly was more valuable than any player in the early-mid 90's when I first became a Laker fan. Which is why when I went to my first live game in 94 I seeked his autograph first before trying to get one from any player. At least I have a fond last image of Chick, cracking jokes at the parade while telling the manager guy "what do you think this is? a dress rehersal?!" :laugh:
I don't think I'll be able to watch or listen to a Laker game without thinking about him again...