Billy Crystal has been a legendary Los Angeles Clippers fan for as long as anyone can remember. The 70-year-old Hollywood star has often been seen sitting courtside at Staples Center while the boys in red, white and blue take to the hardwood over the past three decades.
The move to be a Clippers fan in Los Angeles is a bit of a quirky decision by Crystal, and certainly against the grain of Hollywood, which likes to rep the Lakers.
Now, Crystal will be rewarded for his dedication.
According to a release from the Clippers, Crystal will be on the call during a broadcast on January 31 when LAC takes on the Lakers.
“It’ll be a blast to call a Clippers game alongside Billy Crystal,” said Lawler. “We’ve spent a lot of time talking Clippers basketball over the years, but having him join me on the call will be a whole new experience. I still can’t believe it’s my final season, and to be recognized by a great, longtime Clippers fan like Billy is an honor. I hope he’s been studying his Lawler’s Law books.”
Crystal has been a Clippers season ticket holder since 1985 and identifies with the hard-working, gritty identity of the franchise.
“Ralph is a fantastic broadcaster and a wonderful man,” said Crystal. “I’m looking forward to calling a game with him. He’s a Hall of Famer in my book.”
Of course Crystal is a show business veteran so chopping it up courtside with Ralph Lawler and doing color commentary shouldn’t be too hard for him.
Lawler is already one of the best play-by-play men in the NBA, and adding Crystal will make that broadcast a must-watch come January.