Lakers to hold book drive

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles Lakers will hold a book drive at tonight’s game against the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center in connection with their annual Chick Hearn Night.

Books will be collected on the Star Plaza behind the statue of Earvin “Magic” Johnson. All fans donating a book will receive an official 2012-2013 Lakers pin.

All books will be donated to the Lakers Reading and Learning Centers.

Since Hearn’s death in 2002, the Lakers have designated their home game closest to the Nov. 27 anniversary of his birth as Chick Hearn Night, which also includes the presentation of scholarships to two students attending the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Hearn was the Lakers’ announcer from the start of their radio broadcasts during the 1961 NBA playoffs until his death. He coined many phrases, including slam dunk, which have transcended basketball into everyday use.

Hearn’s skill as an announcer is credited with helping turn the Lakers from a team that drew 4,008 fans for its first game in Los Angeles in 1960 into the region’s most popular team at the time of his death.

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