Longtime Voice of the NBA’s LA Clippers to Retire

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Play-by-play man Ralph Lawler, the longtime voice of the Los Angeles Clippers, announced Wednesday that he will retire after the 2018-19 NBA season.

“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,” Lawler said. “The Clippers are a big part of my life’s DNA. 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.”

Lawler 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 then he has called more than 3,100 games, according to the team.

The broadcaster has announced nearly every Clippers game — both on TV and on radio — since the franchise moved from Buffalo, New York.

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