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djb
08-05-2002, 11:04 AM
Doctor: Hearn shows 'no sign of brain recovery'

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- Neurosurgeon Asher Taban said Monday that legendary Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn's neurological function deteriorated overnight and that an examination Monday morning showed "no sign of brain recovery."

Hearn, 85, has been at Northridge Hospital Medical Center near Los Angeles since Friday after hitting the back of his head in a fall at his San Fernando Valley home.

Hearn's condition has dropped "beyond critical," Taban said at a news conference Monday morning in Northridge. "I'm not sure what the proper term is, but he is one step beyond critical.

"You could call it grave," he added.

Hearn is in a coma, said Taban, who added he had hoped to see more improvement by this point.

When Hearn arrived at the hospital, doctors found a hemorrhage inside his cranium, on top of the brain. He underwent surgery and his condition appeared more stable.

On Saturday morning, Hearn's neurological condition began to deteriorate and another blood clot was found, this one inside the brain. Hearn then underwent a second operation.

Taban said at the time that the broadcaster's prognosis was "not good" and said it was "probable" that hearn had called his last Lakers game.

The voice of the Lakers since the team moved to Los Angeles four decades ago, Hearn is credited with adding such signature phrases as "slam dunk" and "air ball" to the NBA lexicon.

Hearn called a record 3,338 consecutive Lakers games over 36 years, but saw his streak end last season when he had to undergo heart surgery to repair a blocked aortic valve.

The broadcaster suffered a further setback when he fell during rehabilitation and broke a hip.

Still, Hearn was able to return to the Lakers in time to broadcast the team's run through the playoffs to its third consecutive NBA championship.

Source: Doctor: Hearn shows 'no sign of brain recovery' (http://espn.go.com/nba/news/2002/0805/1414197.html)

Drbio
08-05-2002, 01:52 PM
Man...noone hates the Lakers more than I do, but Chick Hearn was greatness. This is awful awful news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hearn family and all fans of Chick.

MFFL
08-05-2002, 09:33 PM
Chick Hearn just passed away.

In my mind he was the greatest thing about the Laker's organization.

Rhylan
08-05-2002, 09:37 PM
Yep. Now there's nothing at all to like about the Lakers.

Drbio
08-05-2002, 10:04 PM
Horrible news. Damn.

dallmav
08-05-2002, 10:34 PM
He was a great guy, I really hate to hear that.