LOS ANGELES – Two days after "April Fool's Day," Los Angeles residents can rejoice as they celebrate "Ralph Lawler Day."
On Sunday, the LA Clippers and Prime Ticket officially named April 3, "Ralph Lawler Day," after their three-time Emmy Award winning announcer.
The inaugural celebration took place at Staples Center as the Clippers hosted the Washington Wizards. At halftime, the organization honored Lawler, currently in his 37th season with the team, at half court with a ceremony and plaque.
Additionally, the team announced that they have renamed the Staples Center media and team member entrance "Ralph Lawler Media and Team Member Entry" in honor of the play-by-play announcer who coined the catchphrase "Bingo!" after every Clippers made three-pointer, and the legendary "Lawler's Law," where the first team to 100 points wins the game.
"We could not be more excited to officially rename our media and employee entrance the new Ralph Lawler Media and Team Member Entry," said President of Staples Center Lee Zeidman in a statement. "Ralph is a Los Angeles sports and broadcast legend and we feel this is an incredible way to honor and pay tribute to one of the best in the business.
Lawler joins other Hall of Fame broadcast legends, Chick Hearn, Bob Miller and Nick Nickson with various parts of Staples Center named after the media icons.
"Ralph isn't just the 'voice of the Clippers,' he's the heart and conscience of Clipper Nation," said LA Clippers President of Business Operations, Gillian Zucker. "It's an honor to work with Ralph, and as a fan it's a pleasure to hear him call our games, hopefully for many years to come."
It's been an incredible year for Lawler who has called over 3,000 Clippers games in his career. Last month, Lawler was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.