Ralph Lawler Rumors
Ralph Lawler has been toying with the idea of starting his own podcast or taking ukulele lessons or doing some teaching at the community college not far from his home here in Bend, a leafy city in central Oregon. He also has a book he might want to write. Or perhaps he could start a small business with his wife, Jo. “Oh, I don’t know,” Lawler said. “I think every day about something. I just haven’t really figured out how to live life without basketball yet.”
For now, and probably forever, Lawler, 81, is keeping tabs on the Clippers from afar. He has a subscription to N.B.A. League Pass, which he and his wife have been wearing out from their living room couch. On Sunday night, they tuned in to watch the Clippers pummel the New Orleans Pelicans.
Lawler said he was thrilled when he heard about Leonard and George — “I said, ‘What!’” he recalled — and he still has no regrets about stepping aside when he did. He is often reminded of a piece of advice his father gave him: Better to retire a year too early than a year too late. “Based on how I’m feeling, I may have retired too early,” he said. “But I didn’t want to be too late.”
Mirjam Swanson: Ralph Lawler, following today’s Hall of Fame enshrinement tonight: “This was a the thrill of a lifetime. You try to imagine what it’s going to be like, but it’s beyond your scope, really, without experiencing it.” Very cool for @Ralph Lawler. A bit more on that in a bit…
Ralph Lawler: Saddened by the passing of long-time pro hoop coach Tom Nissalke. He was a big name in another era – earning Coach of the Year honors in both the ABA and the NBA. I last saw him a year or 2 ago at a game in SLC. May he RIP.
Brian Sieman is close to finalizing a deal to become the new television voice of the Clippers, succeeding the soon-to-be Hall of Famer Ralph Lawler in the play-by-play role, The Times has learned. With Sieman set to leave the team’s radio broadcast for television, the Clippers will hire Noah Eagle as his replacement on radio, according to a person with knowledge of the situation not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The rest of the broadcast crew, including the analyst role on the team’s Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket television broadcasts, has yet to be completed, the person said.