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Ralph Lawler To Broadcast Final Clippers Regular-Season Game

Lawler announced in September he would retire at the conclusion of the season.

The Los Angeles Clippers will honor retiring broadcaster Ralph Lawler Wednesday night to mark his final regular-season game.

The Clippers will honor Lawler's 40 seasons with the team throughout the game at Staples Center against the Utah Jazz and with a halftime ceremony.

There will be a logo honoring Lawler on the court. Clippers players will wear a special shooting shirt thanking Lawler for his years with the team.

Clippers fans will be able to sign a giant ``Thank you, Ralph'' card at Staples Center's Star Plaza before the Clippers final game of the 2018-19 regular season.

An Instagram page honoring Lawler has been established at @Ralph.

Fans can share their favorite Lawler memories using the hashtag #ThankYouRalph.

The first 10,000 fans in attendance on Ralph Lawler Night will receive bobbleheads of Lawler sitting at a desk, holding his preferred stick microphone. The bobbleheads will recite some of Lawler's catch phrases as "Lawler's Law," "Bingo!," "Oh me, oh my!" and "The lob, the jam!"

"Lawler's Law" holds that the first team to reach 100 points will win the game.

Since Lawler joined the Clippers in 1978 when they moved to San Diego from Buffalo, New York, the team reaching 100 points first has won 2,346 times in 2,535 games, 92.5 percent.

Basketball Hall of Fame member Bill Walton will serve as Lawler's analyst on the Fox Sports Prime Ticket telecast. Walton was an analyst on Clippers broadcasts from 1990-2002.

Lawler announced in September he would retire at the conclusion of the season.

He will continue to broadcast Clipper games during the NBA playoffs.

He will turn 81 April 21.

Lawler has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Los Angeles-area Emmys and a Telly Award. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced in February he would be a Curt Gowdy Media Award recipient, an award presented annually to members of the electronic and print media whose longtime efforts have made a significant contribution to basketball.

Lawler is a graduate of Bradley University in his hometown of Peoria, Illinois, and was inducted into its Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.

He is also a member of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Lawler began his career in Riverside. His first announcing position with a professional team came with the San Diego Chargers in the early 1970s.

He then moved to Philadelphia, where he was an announcer with the Phillies, 76ers and Flyers.

When the Clippers moved to Los Angeles in 1984, Lawler remained in San Diego, managing a real estate office, but he returned to the team in 1985.

"I liked San Diego and was really settled there," Lawler told the Los Angeles Times in a 1990 interview.

"The move of the franchise was a real shock to those of us who were part of the program in San Diego, but looking back, I should have come up the first year."

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