Los Angeles Clippers’ legendary broadcaster Ralph Lawler has disclosed his plan to retire following the conclusion of the 2018/19 National Basketball Association (NBA) season.
Over the course of his tenure, his commentary has captivated fans across the sports world, creating a legacy that will last far beyond his final season.
The 2018/19 campaign which set to start next month will be Lawler’s 40th season as the ‘Voice of the Clippers’.
“My wife Jo and I have grappled with this decision annually for 15 years. I now realize that I have spent half of my 80 years as a part of this team. The Clippers are a big part of my life’s DNA,” said Lawler.
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“Yet, it is important that we have some ‘life after basketball.’ The current ownership and management team has been so supportive, and we are forever grateful for our years with the Clippers. I cannot express how much I appreciate the fans. I am looking forward to thanking as many of them as possible in person during this final season."
A Clippers statement read: “Lawler, 80, joined the then San Diego Clippers in the team’s first year in California, 1978, where he spent six years before moving with the Clippers to Los Angeles. Since, he has called more than 3,100 games.”
“Lawler has distinguished himself as one of the broadcasting industry’s elite, as he is one of a very few announcers who has called games in each of the four major U.S. Sports Leagues: NFL (Chargers), MLB (Phillies), NHL (Flyers) and NBA (Clippers and 76ers).”
Catch the 2018 World FIBA Basketball show on Fox Sports 2 at 19h30 CAT on Thursday.