Apr 27, 2010

The unveiling of a bronze statue of legendary Los Angeles Lakers play-by-play announcer Chick Hearn took place on April 20th, 2010 in Star Plaza at STAPLES Center.

As a tribute to renowned Lakers broadcaster of 42 years (1961-2002), the Los Angeles Lakers and STAPLES Center organizations commissioned the creation of a 5,000 lb., nearly 16' bronze and steel sculpture of the NBA and American Sportscaster Hall Of Fame member, who broadcast a record 3,338 consecutive Lakers games from November 21, 1965 - December 16, 2001.

The statue, created by renowned sculptors/artists Julie Rotblatt Amrany and Omri Amrany, will join other iconic sculptures of celebrated sports superstars Wayne Gretzky, Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Oscar De La Hoya. Johnson's statue (dedicated Feb. 11, 2004) was also created by Julie Rotblatt Amrany and Omri Amrany.

When fans now visit STAPLES Center they will have the opportunity to take photos with the sculpture by sitting in the empty chair at the announcer's table next to Chick Hearn.

The statue of Chick Hearn, legendary play-by-play announcer was unveiled on April 20th, 2010. His widow, Marge Hearn was present for the unveiling and is photographed above.

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