So. Cal. Sports Hub: With the NBA Finals scheduled to start tomorrow night, many Laker fans are wondering how Andrew Bynum will stop Dwight Howard and whether Lamar Odom will even show up for Game 1. But there are still several concerns facing this team outside of simple basketball x’s and o’s. One little thing called the Curse of Chick Hearn.
While not as famous as the Curse of the Billy Goat or the Madden Cover Jinx, the Curse of Chick Hearn has been inflicted upon the Laker franchise for the past seven years, and during the span, LA has failed to win one NBA championship.
For all of those unaware, up until 2002, Chick Hearn was the only play-by play announcer in Laker history and kept radio listeners and television viewers entertained for over 42 years. During that span, he witnessed all 9 Los Angeles Laker championships and called well over 3,500 consecutive games. The man, who coined the terms air-ball, dribble-drive, and slam dunk, became a celebrated figure in Southern California for the many years he was behind the mic.
But his tragic death in 2002, brought unintended consequences to the Laker franchise. It cursed them. Don’t ask me why or how, but something hasn’t been right in the Paul Sunderland/Joel Myers era. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at history…