Ralph Lawler, who retired from broadcasting as one of the all-time greats after the 2018-19 season, remains beloved by Clippers followers across the world. His longevity and talent made him as identifiable to fans as just about any player in team history. The Hall of Famer agreed to provide some personal insight into the season for The Sporting Tribune.
Here is the Nov. 21, 2022 edition of “BINGO: 3 Questions with Ralph Lawler,” our weekly question-and-answer exclusive.
1. You attended Saturday’s Clippers-Spurs game. How did it feel to return to the arena and be recognized on the video board!? When was the last time you attended a Clippers game (or NBA game) as merely a spectator?
It really hit me as we walked out to the arena floor. Wow, it had been our home away from home until 2019. It had been three-and-a-half years since our last time in the arena. The fan reaction was special. God love them, they had not forgotten about us. The Clippers and the arena were great hosts. It was only our second game since my 2019 retirement. We saw the Clippers play Toronto in Tampa, Florida during the pandemic. This time in LA was a lot more fun.
2. The Clippers have seen Kawhi Leonard return to the starting lineup. How does that move stabilize things for the other players? Have you noticed it specifically contributing to the recent ascendance of Reggie Jackson?
I’m not sure how to judge Leonard’s impact so far. His time has been so limited and his play a little tentative. I think Reggie mostly benefits from the emerging play of John Wall. The team is so much better with Wall on the court.
3. What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish and best memory of the holiday?
I am so looking forward to the holiday. It’s a little odd this year in as much as we are driving to Sarasota, Florida. We will be in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Thursday. We have reservations for a traditional Thanksgiving feast: Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans, pumpkin pie. OMG, I can’t wait. It is my favorite meal of the year!
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