41. Chick Hearn's 3000th Broadcast

Date: 1/19/1998

Practically every phrase uttered during the course of a basketball game can be traced back to Chick Hearn. The Lakers broadcaster coined the terms slam dunk, air ball, boo birds, charity stripe, finger roll, dribble drive, brick, give and go, and was even the first to detail the distance of shots taken during a game. Manning the booth since 1961, Chick rarely missed a game and was so in demand that his voice was simulcast on both television and radio. So when he reached the unfathomable feat of 3,000 consecutive games, the Lakers were proud to honor the voice of their franchise.