Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times has a long profile of someone who hasn’t missed a single Clippers game in 30 years — play-by-play man Ralph Lawler:
Bob Miller, the hockey Hall of Fame broadcaster for the Kings, says there is no harder job than calling the action of an awful team, game after game, minute after endless minute.
Lawler has been doing that for the Clippers for 30 years, but the losses — 1,583 — have not defeated him.
Straight-backed and broad-shouldered, with a tan perfected by the desert sun at his La Quinta home, Lawler loves being the voice of the Clippers, who are 19-62 with one game left. Only his white hair and mustache hint at his age. Before a recent game, he walks around Staples Center with steps so long — he’s 6-foot-2 — that people have to run to catch up. He is looking forward to the next four hours because, he says, the Clippers still could win.