Clippers appear to have found Ralph Lawler’s successor
Next season will be the first in LA Clippers history without Ralph Lawler calling their games, but fortunately, his successor will be a familiar voice.
Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday that the Clippers are close to finalizing a deal with Brian Sieman, who has been the team’s radio voice since 2007, to succeed Lawler as their television play-by-play voice. The Clippers will correspondingly hire Noah Eagle to replace Sieman on the radio.
Lawler himself seemed to confirm the news on Twitter, congratulating Sieman and calling him his “first and only choice” to take over the role.
I could not ne happier! He was my First and Only choice. It makes me much more comfortable in retirement knowing my old job is in Brian’s more than capable hands. Congrats @bsieman ! Congrats Clipper Nation! https://t.co/EQewuad05b
— Ralph Lawler (@Ohmeomy) July 16, 2019
The 81-year-old Lawler was a Clippers franchise icon, calling their games on television and radio for 40 years, even dating back to their time as the San Diego Clippers. He retired following the 2018-19 campaign and will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this September.
Sieman will certainly have some big shoes to fill next season, but hopefully he fares better against Southern California traffic than Lawler did.