Long-time Clippers game caller to retire
For the past 40 years, Ralph Lawler has served as the voice of the LA Clippers on both the TV and radio. An era is coming to an end, however, as Lawler has announced that he will retire at the end of this season. The man behind "bank shot bingo" will turn 81 next April.
In speaking with the Los Angeles Times, Lawler said that he wants a life for himself and his wife after basketball. He added, "It's hard to imagine life without the Clippers, but this is the time to do it."
Since 1978, when the Clippers were known as the San Diego Clippers, Lawler has been a familiar voice in the NBA. He has called over 3,100 games for the Clippers, only missing three games in his 40 years. He has also called games for the Chargers in the NFL, the Phillies in the MLB and the NHL's Flyers.
"Clippers fans have a heartfelt love for this franchise that might not be shared by any other fans of any other franchise in this town. If you love the Clippers, by God, you just love the Clippers, and I have such adoration for those fans," he said.
Lawler has been awarded three Emmy Awards and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which he was given in March 2016. The Clippers will host "Ralph Lawler Night" on April 10, with fans receiving a Lawler bobblehead.