HoopsHype Ralph Lawler rumors

August 15, 2013 Updates
February 13, 2012 Updates

Radio rights change for the Clippers again, and Lawler is back to doing open houses. The new guy bombs, so once again Lawler returns as Clippers announcer. "I thought my career in broadcasting was over," he says, and so we'll never know if he might've made the Real Estate Hall of Fame. A few years later he's eating dinner with Chick and Marge Hearn. Lawler is a big admirer of Chick's as both spent time in Peoria, Ill. Chick broadcast some of Lawler's high school games. "Chick leaves to sit in his roost in the Forum, so Marge and I are left talking. She tells me, 'You're a funny guy. You've got a good sense of humor —- use it.' "I'm thinking, 'Why would I do that?' I'm the typical sportscaster who thinks you're supposed to describe the game as if folks have their eyes closed. "But Marge is telling me, be human. Remember Chick's shaggy dog tales; people would groan, but the next day they would talk about it at work." Los Angeles Times

But what more does it take than entertaining, professional play-by-play, survivability and icon status to win the Curt Gowdy award, which is the NBA's version of Hall of Fame recognition for a broadcaster? As oversights go, this should embarrass the NBA, the rest of the country now discovering him on ESPN with every replay of Griffin's latest slam. The old coot is 73 but sounding as excited these days as a real estate agent both listing and selling a house. I cannot imagine anything better than the Clippers' going deep in the playoffs and Lawler getting Hall of Fame attention. "I can,"' says Lawler. "Lying on the beach with my sweet Jo." Los Angeles Times

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