The LA Clippers seemingly already have their replacement for Ralph Lawler in Brian Sieman, who has been excellent the last two games.
It’s never easy to replace a legend, especially one like Ralph Lawler who will be entering the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. For the LA Clippers though, they may already have a worthy successor in Brian Sieman.
Sieman has seemed like the obvious choice for a couple years now, but with Lawler’s tenure winding down (only 21 regular season games remain), the reality of needing a replacement is finally settling in.
Brian Sieman has been with the organization for nine years as the play-by-play voice of the LA Clippers on the radio. He has also been responsible for calling the team’s summer league action. The familiarity of Sieman’s voice will make the transition slightly easier.
If you doubt Sieman’s abilities or haven’t heard him as the play-by-play guy for some reason, tune into AM 570 LA Sports on a night where he is not in the booth with Ralph. You’ll be in for a treat.
Speaking of treats, Sieman has gotten to prove his worth over the past couple of games as he has been partnered up in the booth with Lawler. While he’s a little out of his element due to being the color analyst when on television, Sieman has still impressed. With Corey Maggette‘s status still up in the air, Clipper Nation may be getting more of Brian than was expected to start the season.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing either. Sitting next to Lawler for most of the remaining 21 games could be huge for Sieman. He is essentially getting an apprenticeship to one of the best commentators in NBA history.
Ralph seems to be a fan of Brian and has made little jabs here and there which are seemingly to help him improve. Fans have noticed Brian’s ability too. Just check out the replies to the tweet above.
No, Brian won’t actually replace Ralph. No one can ever do that. But, he seems like the only logical successor to take over the microphone when Lawler hangs it up after 40 amazing seasons with the team.