The loss of another Clippers TV voice – play-by-play man Ralph Lawler – is likely to generated a more unified response, one of sadness and appreciation.
“It’s hard to imagine life without the Clippers, but this is the time to do it,’’ Lawler said. “I’ll be retiring at the end of the season.’’
“This is my 40th year with the Clippers, my 60th year in broadcasting, my 80th year on earth … and it just seems inescapable,’’ he said.
Lawler was a steadying voice through many turbulent years. He called games for 12 seasons before the Clippers even made the playoffs and 26 years before they won a playoff series.
He coined “Lawler’s Law,” which states the first team to 100 points wins the game, and became known for exclaiming “Oh me, oh my!” on exciting plays. Lawler gained increase fame in recent years, as the Clippers got good and local telecasts became available to a national audience.