Bill Walton to join Ralph Lawler in booth for Clippers final regular season game
From one Hall of Famer to another, Ralph Lawler will be sent out in style.
Lawler will call his final regular season game on Prime Ticket, and his longtime friend and former broadcast partner Bill Walton will be alongside as his color commentator. The Clippers will celebrate Ralph Lawler Night in honor of the newest Basketball Hall of Famer and legendary broadcaster as the team plays its last regular season home game April 10.
Celebrations will take place throughout the game and a halftime ceremony featuring special guests and tributes will celebrate his storied career. The Clippers will also unveil a logo honoring Lawler on the court at STAPLES Center and Clippers players will wear a special shooting shirt thanking him for his years of service.
The first 10,000 fans at the game on Ralph Lawler Night will receive Ralph Lawler bobbleheads. The bobbleheads will recite Lawler-isms at the push of a button, including Lawler’s Law, “Bingo!,” “Oh me, oh my!” and “The lob, the jam!” and feature Lawler sitting at a desk, holding his preferred stick microphone.
Lawler, who will retire at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season, will call his 3,229th Clippers game on Ralph Lawler Night.
He was named a 2019 Curt Gowdy Media Award recipient by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at All-Star Weekend and over the course of his 40 seasons, he has also been awarded with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Emmys, a Telly Award and inductions into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters (SCSB) Hall of Fame and the California Sports Hall of Fame. This season he was also honored with the Television Play-by-Play Award by the SCSB and the California Sportscaster of the Year honor by the National Sports Media Association.
A native of Peoria, Illinois, 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).