The Lakers retired Hearns microphone
Chick Hearn had quite the legendary career. With all of the contributions already listed and many more, he was just the third broadcaster inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on May 9, 1991. In addition, Hearn was just the 20th person voted into the American Sportscaster Hall of Fame.
In Los Angeles, Hearn now has a street and a light rail station named after him. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Of course, the Lakers organization has done its best to honor him. Outside Staples Center in Star Plaza are bronze statues of some of the greatest athletes in LA history: Magic Johnson (the greatest point guard in NBA history), Jerry West (the NBA’s logo and one of the greatest wing men in NBA history), Wayne Gretzky (the greatest NHL player of all time) and Oscar De La Hoya (the most financially successful boxer of all time).
Then there is the tribute to Chick Hearn, complete with a chair next to his statue so fans can sit down “next to” him.
Inside the Staples Center is the most exclusive and impressive tribute to retired NBA players. Included in the rafters are the jerseys of Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Gail Goodrich. In the coming years, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant are sure to join that group.
With a jersey displaying a microphone, Hearn has beaten O’Neal and Bryant into the rafters. It’s the organization’s way of saying that no one will ever be able to replace Chick Hearn.
There are many stars that have shined brightly in the basketball world, but few have been as bright as Hearn’s. While Hearn may have left this world nearly nine years ago, basketball fans owe a lot to him.
Chick Hearn will never be forgotten.