Lawler, Smith back behind mikes

Updated: November 24, 2009, 10:19 AM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Clippers longtime TV play-by-play man Ralph Lawler and analyst Michael Smith were back behind the microphone following a one-game suspension by the Fox Sports Prime Ticket network Friday.

Lawler and Smith were reprimanded for some off-the-cuff remarks they made on the air last Wednesday at Memphis about Grizzlies Iranian-born center Hamed Haddadi.

Both declined interview requests from The Associated Press about two hours before gametime, but during the opening of Monday's telecast, Lawler said: "I want to get something out of the way right here off the top of the show. Speaking for Mike, both of us deeply regret anything that we might have said in that ballgame against Memphis last Wednesday night that may have offended any good Clipper fan, or anybody else.

"We're glad to put it behind us, we're glad to be back, the Clippers wind up with a 106-99 victory over Denver -- Mike, I guess we missed a pretty darn good game."


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