The Los Angeles Clippers will face the Denver Nuggets in their season opener Wednesday evening at Staples Center, which will include a celebration of broadcaster Ralph Lawler on his final opening night.
Lawler announced his retirement Sept. 12. He joined the Clippers in 1978 when they moved to San Diego from Buffalo, New York. When the Clippers moved to Los Angeles in 1984, Lawler remained in San Diego, managing a real estate office, but returned to the team in 1985.
“Ralph Lawler isn’t just the voice of the team, he has been the heart and soul of the Clippers,” team Chairman Steve Ballmer said when Lawler announced his retirement.
The game will mark the debut of the Clippers new game open, which will feature a coordinated light show featuring 128 large-scale lights on a truss paired with lasers, pyrotechnics and LEDs throughout the arena. A new Clippers blimp and other game entertainment elements will also make their debuts, along with new in-arena host Jessica Rosales.
The national anthem will be sung by rhythm and blues and pop singer Tinashe, who attended Crescenta Valley High School.
The West Covina-based hip-hop group The Lab, the winners of the junior division for the 2018 season of NBC’s “World of Dance,” will perform at halftime.
An “extremely limited” number of tickets remained available Tuesday night, a team official said.