Posted by: The Matzo Ball | November 23, 2009

37 Fans Watch Clippers Game, Good For Highest Total of Year

The Clippers need to stop focusing on wins and just focus on getting viewers. They got a season-best 37 against Memphis.

According to the Los Angeles Times and the Nielsen Ratings, the Los Angeles Clippers had their most watched game of the season in the L.A. market in the Clippers’ 106-91 loss at Memphis.

A share of 37 people watched the game.

“This is very meaningful for the Clippers’ franchise because it shows how dedicated our fanbase is and how important our team is to the Los Angeles community,” Charles Krenshaw, the Clippers Assistant GM said. “For a while, we were only getting 10 or 20 people to watch our games, but I think things are starting to turn around.”

Ye Olde Clippers Faithful could portray the high ratings as a significantly positive change for the team, but unfortunately, approximately 12 percent of the viewers (four people) had complaints about the broadcasters Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith, after they said some “inappropriate” commentary in the broadcast.

The on-air exchange went precisely like this after Memphis’ Hamed Haddadi entered the game:

Smith: “Look who’s in.”
Lawler: “Hamed Haddadi. Where’s he from?”
Smith: “He’s the first Iranian to play in the NBA.”:
Lawler: “There aren’t any Iranian players in the NBA?”
Smith: “He’s the only one.”
Lawler: “He’s from Iran?”
Smith: “I guess so.”
Lawler: “That Iran?”
Smith: “Yes.”
Lawler: “The real Iran?”
Smith: “Yes.”
Lawler: “Wow. Haddadi — that’s H-A-D-D-A-D-I.”
Smith: “You’re sure it’s not Borat’s older brother? If they ever make a movie about Haddadi, I’m going to get Sacha Baron Cohen to play the part.”
Lawler: “Here’s Haddadi. Nice little back-door pass. I guess those Iranians can pass the ball.”
Smith: “Especially the post players.”
Lawler: “I don’t know about their guards.”

“I was just pissed that so many people watched our broadcast,” Smith said. “If there were only 15 or 20 people watching like normal games, there’s no way they would have caught us.”

Lawler echoed his sentiment and wasn’t very apologetic.

“I think it’s crap,” Lawler said. “If they want us to take these games seriously, maybe they should have us cover teams that people actually care about like the Los Angeles Lakers or the University of Brown Brown Bears. How many games have the Clippers won in the past four years? 25?”

The Clippers have actually won 31 games over the past four years.

Game Notes:

The Clippers have more No. 1 draft picks than they do wins over the past two years.


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