Lakers to Honor Chick Hearn With a Statue

by April 14, 2010

ESPN reports that a statue of the legendary broadcaster will be unveiled next week in front of the team arena. Here’s to hoping the statue somehow incorporates a refrigerator: “A statue of former Lakers announcer Chick Hearn will be unveiled next week in front of Staples Center prior to Game 2 of the team’s first-round playoff series, sources close to the team told late Tuesday. The likeness of Hearn, voice of the Lakers for 42 years until his death in 2002, will be seated at a table wearing headphones and appearing to speak into a microphone. The work of art includes an empty seat next to him for fans who want to pose as his analyst. ‘I feel so wonderful about this,’ said Marge Hearn, his wife for nearly 64 years. ‘This is the best thing that can happen to someone in their whole life. How many people get a statue? It’s a shame he didn’t get to see it. And even if he did, he wouldn’t believe it.”‘