Chick Hearn coined numerous basketball phrases (what he referred to as his “word’s-eye view” of basketball) that are now common-place in today’s basketball language.
- Slam dunk
- Air ball
- No-look pass
- Give and go
- Ticky-tack foul
- Throws up a “brick”
- Picked his pocket
- Frozen rope
- Can’t throw a pea in the ocean
- Popcorn Machine
- Pressure Cooker
- Mustard’s off the hot dog
- No harm, no foul
- Yo-yoing up and down
In & out, Heart-brrrreak!
A shot that appears to go in, but rattles off the rim & misses.
Building a House
When a player tosses up a series of "bricks" during the course of a game.
Bunny hop in the pea patch
Traveling, (in the lane).
Can't throw a pea in the ocean
This team is shooting horribly.
Caught with his hand in the cookie jar
Reaching in, got called for a foul.
The mustard's off the hot-dog
A player attempts an unnecessarily showy, flashy play which ends up in a turnover or is otherwise unsuccessful.
No harm, no foul (, no blood, no ambulance)
A non-call by an official when significant contact has occurred.
A dunk with authority, also Chick was the first to use the phrase "slam dunk".
They couldn't beat the Sisters of Mercy
The Lakers are playing terribly.
The game's in the refrigerator, the door's closed, the light's out, the eggs are cooling, the butter's getting hard and the jello's jiggling.