Buzzer Beater
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Buzzer Beater

Chick Hearn was the Greatest Basketball Announcer of All Time

Woodcut of Chick Hearn, Lakers announcer from 1961–2002.

The Los Angeles Lakers had just beaten the New Jersey Nets for the 2002 NBA Championship. Double-decker buses carried players and coaches through downtown for the victory parade. Chick Hearn stood at the front of the first bus. He leaned against the railing, his hair dyed purple, his shirt drenched in sweat and champagne. He was 85 and he was exhausted. Fans cheered for Shaq and Kobe…

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