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Fasten your seat belts! Ralph Lawler is retiring as voice of the Clippers

Fasten your seat belts! Ralph Lawler is retiring as voice of the Clippers
Published On: Thu, Sep 13
May 12, 2015; Houston, TX, USA;Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) out reboundsLos Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford (11) in the second half in game five of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Rockets won 124 to 103. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Ralph Lawler sighed. There is no law for this. Fastening your seat belts wona€™t stop this. Calling bingo wona€™t change this.

a€œThis is my 40thA year with the Clippers, my 60thA year in broadcasting, my 80thA year on earth a€¦ and it just seems inescapable,a€™a€™ he said.

The voice of the underdog will soon be silent, the bard of bottomless hope is going still, the greatest narrator of losing in the history of basketball is finally at the end of his uphill journey.

Oh me, oh my, Ralph Lawler is retiring.

After enduring more than 2,000 losses in more than 3,000 games, the Clippers beloved longtime broadcaster says this upcoming season will be his last.

a€œIta€™s hard to imagine life without the Clippers, but this is the time to do it,a€™a€™ Lawler told the Los Angeles Times. a€œIa€™ll be retiring at the end of the season.a€™a€™

He has missed three games in 40 years. He has worked through flu, strep throat, kidney stones and, on one difficult night, a variety of ailments so debilitating he was slurring his words. He has seen more losing than one man should bear. Yet, as an entertainer who brought fans out of the shadows to create an unlikely Clippers Nation, Lawler is undefeated.

a€œClippers fans have a heartfelt love for this franchise that might not be shared by any other fans of any other franchise in this town,a€ said Lawler, who has been their primary broadcaster for all but two seasons since the franchise moved to San Diego in 1978. a€œIf you love the Clippers, by God, you just love the Clippers, and I have such adoration for those fans.a€™a€™

Lawler said he is good health, and that he actually made the decision a year ago. He was going to wait until April 10, the final regular-season game at Staples Center, to reveal it, but the Clippers wanted to properly honor him throughout the year, so he is announcing it now.

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