Chick Hearn broadcast 3,338 consecutive games during his 42-year career as play-by-play announcer of the Los Angeles Lakers, becoming a local and national hero in the process.
When there is mention of the all-time greatest Lakers, Hearn’s name is always brought up, right along with the likes of Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
During his illustrious career, Chick coined many unique terms and phrases used to describe the action unfolding on the hardwood, which eventually became known as “Chickisms.”
Hearn’s “Chickisms” played an integral part in him becoming the legend he is today. But they also had an impact on the entire game of basketball. Many of the Chickisms are cornerstones of the game’s lexicon.
Terms such as: slam dunk, air ball, triple-double, finger roll, dribble drive and ticky-tack foul were all bred through Chick’s creative genius.
Trying to pick the 20 best Chickisms certainly wasn’t an easy task. Ranking the 20 I chose was even tougher. But nonetheless, I have ranked, in what’s my opinion, the 20 best Chickisms of all time.
Remember, this is one man’s opinion. And there were plenty omitted. So, if I left off one of your all-time favorites, drop a comment sharing your favorite Chickism.
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