Ralph Lawler Rumors
The Los Angeles Clippers will honor their long-time play-by-play announcer Ralph Lawler with “Ralph Lawler Night” on Monday when the Clippers host the Minnesota Timberwolves. There will be tributes throughout the game as well as a halftime presentation where Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson Jr. will present a proclamation officially declaring March 9 “Ralph Lawler Day” in Los Angeles.
That much was obvious this season after the team’s 76-year-old broadcaster was struck with excruciating abdominal pains while walking out of the team hotel in Charlotte, N.C. He worked that night’s entire game while his body was attempting, and wretchedly failing, to pass a kidney stone. He heaved during the producer’s final pregame countdown, swallowed two doses of pain pills during the telecast, but still finished strong. The stone was so big, it later required surgical removal that caused him to actually miss a game. “My father was a showman who always preached, ‘The show must go on,’ ” Lawler said. “I live by those words.”
He slurred some more words at the end of the game, but a battery of ensuing tests cleared him of any neurological issues, so he figures the whole thing was just some weird remnant of a previous night’s food poisoning. “I’m like, ‘Ralph, you’re like a machine, how do you keep doing this?’ ” said his longtime partner Michael Smith. “Yeah, sure, I worry about him, but he just always finds a way.”