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The sound of L.A. is very Chick

After finally hearing a Laker game called by someone other than Chick Hearn, Page 2's Eric Neel understands what Chick means to L.A.

Updated: August 6, 2002, 12:12 PM ET
By Eric Neel | Page 2 columnist

Editor's note: This column originally ran last November, when Chick Hearn was recovering from open-heart surgery. Hearn died Monday night at age 85.

It's hard to explain how strange it is that Chick Hearn isn't calling Lakers' games right now.

Chick's voice has been a fixture in my life from day one. I can peg almost every significant moment or stage of my development to a memory of Chick and the Lakers, and when I heard last week that he would miss a game for the first time in ...

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