Lakers haven’t won a championship since their longtime broadcaster died, and he hasn’t been forgotten by his widow or the fans.

L.A. Times: The other day Kobe Bryant was saying he just “missed some bunnies” in the first game of the NBA Finals, or as Chick Hearn would’ve been telling us, “Marge could have made those shots.”

It doesn’t seem so long ago, but it will be six years this week, Chick doing his final Lakers broadcast after 42 years behind the microphone, a championship-clinching victory over the New Jersey Nets.

Two months later a fall in his backyard led to his death.

“If he was still here, he would have been so happy, I don’t think he could have stood it,” Marge says. “I think he would have finally had his heart attack.”

What a hoot. Marge, about to turn 91, married for almost 64 years to Fran, as she still refers to her high school sweetheart, and as feisty and original as the voice who once worked 3,338 consecutive Laker games.

“We were soul mates,” she says. “I don’t know what that means, but it sounds like us.”

The same might be said about Chick and Lakers fans, everyone knowing just what he meant when he would say, “He’s in the popcorn machine,” or who he was talking about when he would mention “The Big Fella.”

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  • Michael24

    we miss you chick!

    Chick help us win this series this champion ship will be for you and everyone thats a laker for life.

  • Kborsche28

    WIN FOR CHICK ! I brought the sign to staples center for game 1. people liked the sign. especially the older fans.

  • LakersPartyJune8th

    Yes we definitely miss you Chicky Babee!!!

    Let’s put this one in the refrigerator!!!

    If you need tickets just write me @

  • Lane

    RIP Chick Hearn



    is chick the guy that went “A 3 peat and a sweep, for the world champion Los Angeles Lakers” cause i had a feeling that was him, but i thought it was another dude

  • xxv112002

    Love the article man. When the Lakers win the NBA Championship, it’ll be sweeet to hear Stu Lantz say the “refrigerator” in memory of Chick. What yall think? For every finals of course…

  • Young

    ill always be a laker fan, but after chick died, the games were never the same. i grew up my entire life hearing his voice.