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
  • Dribble-drive
  • 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
  • Finger-roll
  • 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.
  • Slaaaaaam Dunk!!!
    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.



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