DeAndre Jordan reacts to Ralph Lawler’s retirement
Ralph Lawler, the L.A. Clippers’ broadcast voice for the last 40 years, is about to retire. As such, Dallas Mavericks big man DeAndre Jordan, who spent his first 10 years in the league in L.A., sent out his heartfelt regards.
Via Twitter, Jordan said:
Thank you Ralph Lawler for 40 years of action!!! Living legend for sure, you’re a first ballot Clippers HOF’er in everyone’s book. Humbled I had the opportunity to work work with you for 10 years!!! #thelobthejam
— DeAndre Jordan (@DeAndre) September 12, 2018
According to Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times, Lawler, 80 years old, will be retiring at the end of the season. In his 40 years as the Clippers’ voice, Lawler has only missed three games.
“It’s hard to imagine life without the Clippers, but this is the time to do it,’’ Lawler told the Los Angeles Times. “I’ll be retiring at the end of the season.’’
“Clippers fans have a heartfelt love for this franchise that might not be shared by any other fans of any other franchise in this town,” said Lawler, who has been their primary broadcaster for all but two seasons since the franchise moved to San Diego in 1978. “If you love the Clippers, by God, you just love the Clippers, and I have such adoration for those fans.’’
Lawler’s catchphrases include “Bingo” when his team nails a three, and the classic “fasten your seatbelts!” to hype up the crowd as the game trickles down to its final minutes. The term “Lawler’s Law” was also invented during his stint, which meant that the first team to score 100 points will win.
Clippers fans will now have to get used to not hearing Lawler’s signature “Oh me oh my!” line during game broadcasts.