Clippers Add Norm Nixon To Radio Team
|Posted: December 29th, 2004|
Former Clipper Point Guard to Join Mel Proctor on All XTRA Sports 690/1150 Broadcasts
|Nixon averaged 11.1 assists per game for the 1983-84 San Diego Clippers.|
Nixon’s debut will be the Clippers’ January 2nd game against the Philadelphia 76’ers at Staples Center.
Nixon will work alongside veteran play-by-play announcer Mel Proctor, now in his third year with the Clippers.
“Adding a second voice to enhance our radio broadcasts is something we’ve been considering for some time. Norm was immediately receptive when we approached him about it, and we felt that the timing was right,” said Clippers’ Executive Vice President Andy Roeser.
Nixon said, “I’m really looking forward to this opportunity. I can’t wait to get started, and I know that it’s my good fortune to be working next to a veteran pro in Mel Proctor. My job is to provide some insight and let the games tell the story. I’m sure we’ll team up to make it a lot of fun.”
Nixon is well-known to Los Angeles basketball fans. Originally drafted by the Lakers in the first round (22nd pick) of the 1977 NBA Draft, the two-time NBA All-Star (1982 & 1985) was traded to the San Diego Clippers with Eddie Jordan and two second round draft picks for Swen Nater and Byron Scott in 1983.
Nixon played for the Clippers from 1983 through 1989, sitting out the entire 1986-87 and 1987-88 season’s with a ruptured right achilles tendon. He returned to play in 53 games in 1988-89, before announcing his retirement as a player.
During his four seasons with the Clippers’ organization, he set individual franchise records for most points (32) and most field goals (15) in a half vs. Dallas in January, 1985 and most 3-pointers (6) made in a game at San Antonio in March, 1986.
A savvy floor leader, Nixon also holds the Clippers franchise record for most assists in a season with 914 and is the only player in franchise history to score 20+ points and dish out 20+ assists in a single game. He averaged 8.3 assists over the course of his ten-season NBA career.