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Chick Hearn statue unveiled at Staples Center

April 20, 2010 |  6:23 pm

Magic Johnson is no longer the only member of the Lakers to earn a permanent piece of real estate at Staples Center.

A statue of legendary Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn was unveiled Tuesday afternoon in front of a crowd of about 500 people.

The statue shows Hearn seated at a desk while wearing a headset. There is a chair next to him that remains open, allowing fans to take photographs in it.

"Fabulous day," said Hearn's widow, Marge. "Just fabulous."

Former Lakers Byron Scott and James Worthy spoke during the 45-minute ceremony, which was attended by numerous former Lakers and team personnel including Kurt Rambis, Bill Sharman, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor and Rick Fox.

"We miss him terribly," Scott said.

Said Worthy: "He was a big brother to all of us."

Hearn, Johnson, Wayne Gretzky and Oscar De La Hoya are the four statues in front of Staples Center.

--Mike Bresnahan