As some of our Twitter followers know, Chick Hearn passed away 8 years ago today. Whether you’re a young fan, or old; it’s hard to avoid what Chick Hearn means to the Los Angeles Lakers, and the fans. It’s safe to say that he seemed like more of a friend than a Lakers employee to those who let him in their homes a minimum of 82 times a year. Growing up a fan, we’re all products of Chick Hearn’s Lakers loyalty and knowledge.

Chick symbolizes so much to generations of fans, that we always jump at the chance to talk about him. Today, our friends over at The No Looks Pass posted a slam dunk of a read (see what I did there) on Chickie Baby. Nate Jones of Fanhouse wrote a great piece last year — today would be a good day to share it with the Lakers Nation.

If you lived in Los Angeles at anytime from the time the Lakers moved to L.A. in the early 1960′s to the last of the Shaq/Kobe championships in 2002, you are probably quite familiar with Francis “Chick” Hearn. And even if you aren’t from L.A., you might still be familiar with Chick, as he was probably the greatest play-by-play man in the history of basketball.

Chick was most known for his famous catch phrases known as “Chick-isms“. The most famous of those Chick-isms is probably “slaaaam dunk” (yes, he invented the word “slam dunk”).

In all my years of watching basketball, Chick might be the only play-by-play man that was able to keep up with the pace of the game. Of course his rapid fire style was born out of his pre-television days. Without television, radio play-by-play announcers had to paint a picture of the game with their words. Chick called his play-by-play style his “words eye view”, and it was most certainly that.

For a time my family didn’t have cable television, so I had to listen to the radio to catch Lakers home games. Trust me when I say there wasn’t much of a difference between watching the games on television with Chick Hearn calling them and hearing Chick call the game on Lakers radio. He was that good. In fact, Chick was such a prolific announcer that when the Lakers played national television games, I would mute the television and turn on the radio to hear Chick call the game. I know this was a common thing for most fans to do in Los Angeles.

Continue reading ‘There Will Never Be A Greater Laker Than Chick Hearn’ on Fanhouse

  • the8black24mamba

    CHIIIICK!!!!! having to listen to stu lantz is the worst part of watchin laker games, we miss you. YOUR A LEGEND!!!!!

    • Po Po

      you guys said share the article, not steal, right? why not just link instead of take the work? . . . weak

  • Showtime4eva

    Chick Hearn is and always be a great laker and at his position his stats will always stand second to none

  • Pee Wee Kirkland

    R.I.P. Chicky baby

    • More Cookies 4 Kob
      • bLuE

        Great SHOWTIME video- RIP CHICK-YOU THE GREATEST

    • LA is ShowTime

      L.A. Lakers fast break makers
      .
      Kings of the court shake and bake all takers
      .
      Back to back is a bad ass fact a claim that remains in tact
      .
      Lakers are the team that I watch on the telly
      .
      Cause they got more moves
      .
      That a bowl full of jelly
      .
      The buck stops here – pops – then cheers
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      a roar through the forum
      .
      that deafens my ears…

      You my nigga Chick, RIP baby

  • 242LakerFan

    I am from The Bahamas. The most frustrating thing about being a Laker fan in the early 80′s was having to wait for a national broadcast to see the Lakers play. So I didn’t discover Chick till we got the big 12′ satellite dish, around ’84 or so and I’d stay up late with my aunt to watch Chick call the games on Prime Ticket.
    Those are some of the most vivid memories of my teen years. He was the voice of basketball to me. I was amazed at how fluidly he narrated the action. You almost didn’t have to watch.
    To me, Chick was the greatest Laker ever.
    The game will never sound the same without him.
    One of these days, when I make it out to L.A., I’m gonna sit in the seat next to his statue at Staples and that’ll be the first picture I show anybody of my trip.
    We love you Chicky-baby and we miss you.

  • YO Lakers

    Chick and his voice are synonymous with the Lakers and basketball – I can still recall the call (radio only) he made on Jerry West’s back court shot in the finals against NY – you couldn’t hear him said he made the shot since the crowd drowned him out. Back then the finals weren’t nationally televised. He always spoke his mind, unbiased opinions, and vivid play-by-play.

  • kobebyrantfinalmvp

    chickie baby miss u man goat

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    chick hearn was a class act in every way.what they have now is the worst in the league…thank-you mute button.

    • http://lakernation gwforum

      @ laffs atu 4 a hater u spend alot of time on the champs website!! FUCK U& FUCK WHAT U LIVING 4!!! GO LAKERS!! GOD BLESS THE MEMORY OF CHICK HEARN

  • willmo

    Wow for once I may agree with laffs atu..Joel Meyers is pretty aweful. Spero should be on TV.

    • 242LakerFan

      Incredible as it may seem, I agree with him, too.
      Joel Meyers couldn’t carry Chick’s luggage. Spero is wasted on the radio. He is waaaay more exciting.
      (I gotta go shower now to get that laffs atu smell out)

      • ThEMVP

        The reason why he knows that is BECAUSE he is from L.A. He is just a laker hater probly

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    showering and laker fan….now theres an OXY-MORON….LIKE KOBE AND ASSIST…OR TRIPLE DBL…OR SHOOTING OVER 50%EVER…sounds funny.

    • SHOWTIME4EVA

      KOBE still won 5 championships and counting.now lebra lied about his elbow being hurt and had a melt down choke up series,SERIES!!! every year and never won EVER because he’s chicken shit and can not I repeat can not be a premiere player . now you tell me now who is better kobe or lebra? give us an answer once and for all .. tell us why enlighten us i’m still waiting for for that answer

    • ThEMVP

      it’s like you making a smart comment. how does it feel to think of a 1 liner all day only to look at the lakers logo everytime you come to TLN.

      • SHOWTIME4EVA

        not to mention that the n.b.a logo is also a laker lol i told you its a losing battle hating the lakers we are the n.b.a..

    • TOUCHING_MYSELF

      … KINDA LIKE YOU AND BEING RIGHT! HAHAHA! EXCEPT FOR THE CHICK HEARNS COMMENT!

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    finally ,we can discuss lebron and little dick bryant…never michael jordan and little dick bryant NEVER!!

    • SHOWTIME4EVA

      to the rest of the wold including jordan. lebra should NEVER be discussed at the same time as the great KOBE.mj’s own words

      • SHOWTIME4EVA

        and as far as MJ and KOBE they are always compared to the point of no winner but at the same level. not to mention KOBE IS NOT DONE YET!

  • tracey

    I had the pleasure of meeting Chick and Marge when the Lakers won the first championship in 2000, he was so nice both of them were, he let me take of picture of him as he yelled GO Lakers!!!! and that was the best moment for me. I miss u CHICK!!!

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    IF GASOFT LEAVES OR GETS INJURED…THATS IT FOR MAMAMBA..KOBE PROVED ALONE HE`S BARELY AVERAGE.

    • SHOWTIME4EVA

      ALONE HE WON MVP AND SCORED 81 POINTS IN A SINGLE GAME AND WON A SCORING TITLE …YOU SEE WHAT IM TALKIN ABOUT YOU ARE THE DUMBEST COCK SUCKIN SON OF A BITCH EVER ! JUST KEEP YOU RETARDED FUCKIN MOUTH SHUT.OR BACK IT UP. I KEEP ASKING AND DARING YOU TO BACK IT UP BUT YOUR CHICKIN SHIT JUST LIKE YOUR JOKE OF A HERO FUCKIN PUSSY

    • Showtime4eva

      See that’s what happens when a retarded bitch with down syndrome hoes herself out she ends up shitting out a halfwit cockroach like laffs atu

  • Aiden

    Funny how we get Celtics fans on TheLakersNation. They are so upset to losing to the Lakers that they have come on our website to chat because CelticsTown is losing its bandwagon fanbase. But like they say, can’t beat ‘em, may as well join ‘em.

  • Leo

    Chick is the greatest announcer of all time…

    I’m sure he would be proud – Joel and Stu do an excellent job.

  • Robert.

    We are truly lucky in LA. We have had the greatest announcers in 2 out of the 3 big sports of this country. Chick Hearn, the greatest announcer in basketball, and Vin Scully, the greatest announcer in baseball. Of course Harry Kalas, the voice of the NFL, can’t be topped in that sport, but LA hasn’t been much of a football town for years (too bad).
    .
    I also noticed that the Lakers lost the 1st year after Chick left us. I think his loss really put a ding in the Lakers org. It took Kobe to keep things going strong – Kobe has really carried the franchise in a BIG way. Yes, nothing will make up for Chick’s loss, but I’m glad Kobe has carried the Lakers to the top again!
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    We should dedicate our next 3 championships to Chick.

  • Ron Hawk

    What an absolute treat it was to listen to Chick during the golden years of Showtime. Chick was to broadcasting what Magic Johnson was to NBA. They both enhanced their profession and made believers out of fans. Rarely do people follow a sport because of the broadcaster, and yet Chick was one of those rare breeds who brought people in.

    Chick was CREATED for Showtime. It was a wondrous thing when the team was clicking on all cylinders, and Magic was making his behind the back passes at which nothing was sweeter than Chick’s assurance that not only was the game over, it was time to have fun: “It’s showwwwtime!” And it was, because he was a true showman.

    His voice complemented the unique, electrifying game that the Lakers played. The Laker’s game would not have been complete without Chick’s energetic play-by-play. It was hard not to get glued to the broadcast because if the game was not entertaining, Chick was, and if the game was entertaining Chick would double it with his intelligent, humorous style.

    Chickisms were more than entertainment. They were a very clever shorthand notation for his loyal listeners. Chickisms would describe in a couple of words a more complicated situation. “He puts him a popcorn machine” would quickly say what it would take other broadcasters 5 sentences.

    I have never heard a broadcaster bring so many angles to a game. Even during the bad years (after Magic had to retire) it was better to listen to him than not to listen to the game at all because he made the best of a bad situation.

    It was both sad and weird when he died. The Lakers didn’t look the same. In fact, they went into a kind of a curse that lasted until last year. First they were upset by San Antonio in the play-offs, and the next year when they were supposedly loaded they lost to Pistons, and after that the team fell apart. Shaq left, and so did PJ, and other than Kobe there was nothing left of the team. It was hard without Chick to go those years. Now that the team is enjoying glory again, it would have been better if Chick was there to announce it.

  • NBAmazingKB24

    Has it already been 8 years?
    Damn seriously feels like yesterday hearing
    The Legends Voice
    I miss his closing comments. Classic
    I am just one of the many Lakers fans to be fortunate
    to witness his broadcasting.
    Best Ever.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    IF BRYANT didn`t miss so many open shots,he`de average 81 a game….wasn`t toronto considered a high school team when SHE did that?

    • 242LakerFan

      And if your father had better aim, the part of you with brains and manners wouldn’t have ended up as a stain on the sheets.

      • SHOWTIME4EVA

        i know to bad his father didn’t just jack him off in the toilet.

    • ThEMVP

      Remind me what rating your IDOL Lepr0n got inn the 07 finals you faget. That’s right until you can answer that you should NEVER post in this website again.

  • http://TLN DanG13

    Every time I hear Chicks name I get bummed out and are reminded of how much I miss him calling games. Chick & Vince Scully, they are and were the two best sports announcers IMO. Every time I visit Staples and I see Chicks jersey hanging from the rafters I cant help but here his famous “Refrigerator” quote! RIP Chicky baby, you will always be a Laker!!!

  • http://lakernation gwforum

    JERRY WEST SAID IT BEST WE CAN REPLACE PLAYERS BUT WE WILL NEVER REPLACE CHICK HEARN!!! WE MISS & LOVE U SOOOO MUCH!!! I FEEL BLESSED 2 GROW UP LISTENING 2 THE GREATEST PLAY BY PLAY ANNOUNCER DAT EVER LIVED!!! IN LOVING MEMORY OF CHICK HEARN!!! REST IN PEACE… GO LAKERS!! 3-PEAT!!!1

  • ThEMVP

    Chick Hearn was to the Lakers what Vin Scully is still to Dodgers baseball, whoever you replace won’t be the same guy since the person who did so had some big shoes to fill..

  • TOUCHING_MYSELF

    I think that everyone can all agree that Chick was the BEST there ever was and ever will be. I, along with several others at the luxury box for Game 7 of the Finals, was “CLOSING” the refrigerator doors after Fish hit that game tying 3 in the 4th!

    He called the games as objectively as possible. He would ALWAYS let the Laker fans know when the Lakers “got away” with a call as much as when the Lakers got hosed with a bad call. He was the only one that I’ve seen that would call it both ways. It was really nice to see him calling our guys out for not playing their best instead of just being a homer.

    I’ve always thought that Shaq NOT attending Chick’s funeral was his WORST offense against the Lakers Organization! Even with him donning his new green and white unis… that’s a distant second to being MIA for Chick!

    That FCUKIN Leprechaun can kiss his chances of having his jersey retried by the Lakers good bye! Dr Buss and the Lakers Organization have always taken the high road with that fool… throughout all the demands, name calling, and blaming. But The GREEN MONSTER is helping them with this decision! By him playing for the nemesis in such a way, there’s NO WAY that his jersey should be retired now!

    I agree with some of you out there in saying that Spero is wasted on radio. He should be on TV. I hope he gets that chance in the near future.

    R.I.P. Chick! I know that you’ve thoroughly enjoyed the last 2 seasons looking down from above!

    GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TheLAKERSwon09

    i love stu and joel but i miss chick at the same time

  • ThEMVP

    Sidenote: new sideline commentator during Fox Sports Net broadcasts its former blazers chick, Rebecca Haarlow. I think she’s ok, I guess new blood, just hope that northwest myopic didnt rub off on her too much its evident while she’s interviewing Kobe for instance, tho she seems legit.

  • Carlos Osorio

    I totally agree with alot of you saying Spero should be on TV. He actually just started doing a couple of college basketball games on CBS this past season. But yea, soon he will get his chance cause the guy is due. One of my friends met both Spero and Michael Thompson and could not stop saying how cool of a guy Spero is with the fans. With Chick Hearn, 8 years have passed like nothing and very sad time it was. He was as always looking forward to the next season. In L.A. you will never ever run into anyone not praising him because that is the respect he got from all of us. RIP as you are calling those great games up there.

  • 242LakerFan

    I posted about the anniversary on my FB page yesterday and I got a lot of good responses, even from some of my Celtic fan friends. Everyone who ever heard him knew he was the best.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    Chick was never afraid to tell it like it really was,never sucked up or ball-washed .he would of appreciated gasofts soft touch,artest determination,fishers lack of d,and he would said bynum is quite fragile.did i miss anyone?

    • ThEMVP

      LeChoke.. he would annihilate that overgrown imbecile like well.. Chick does..

      .
      TBH with you, I think Chick is a person LeChoke coulda used in his life, he would have told him to calm the fk down early on his career, and he wouldnt’ look like a lolled nigga

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    see no one mentions mamamaba,he`s old broken down news…………chick would say that.

  • willmo

    Man i miss Chick so much. I still go on youtube and check out all the old games with his call. The fact that we would all turn down the volume on the TV to hear Chick on the radio during the nationally televised games is a testament to his greatness. Now I would rather watch the ESPN broadcast when available then hear Joel Meyers mubble the same crap over and over again, although I love Stu. The TNT crew is the best now a days with Marv Albert and his clon Kevin Harlan. It’s sad to see that there aren’t as many great announcers as there used to be. Mike Breen, Van Gundy and Jackson are the worst team I have ever heard on national tv.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    Chick was all class,would of fit right in with MIAMI….

    • Danny T

      Chick IS and ALWAYS will be apart of the Lakers and he would never go to SORRY ASS Miami, with the 3 Stooges and there Weak Bench.

  • xavier

    It is often forgotten that without the fans, the lights are off (hint hint for next year if they don’t get the season starting on time…). It is crucial that the fans identify with a team, and a voice like the voice of Chick Hearns identified the Lakers for eternity.

    It’s great people, that make great teams and he’s one of them.

  • phenor jenkins

    f

  • Mnoyes

    what do you mean probably the best, he was the best. Stu is a color commentary guy so the bozo that compared him to Chick is an idiot. Stu is great at what he does, that’s why he’s stil there, and he’s perfect for his role just like Chick was. You cannot replace Chick, he was one in a lifetime.