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Hamed Haddadi

Clippers' surge brings new energy to steady broadcaster Ralph Lawler

Clippers' surge brings new energy to steady broadcaster Ralph Lawler

He is the most visible bridge between the losing and the winning, the humiliation and the hope, Sin City and Lob City. He has remained sturdy through 36 years of Clippers history, long carrying on his back the numbing weight of bad ownership and empty seats, finally enjoying the lightness of great leadership and national affection. It figures that occasionally rickety Ralph Lawler refuses to collapse now. "I might have called it quits last year, there was always this cloud hanging over the club,'' he said. "But I've been energized.'' That much was obvious this season after the team's 76-year-old broadcaster was struck with excruciating...

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