The L.A. Clippers have announced updates to their broadcast team, following the retirement of Hall of Fame broadcaster Ralph Lawler. Longtime Clippers radio voice Brian Sieman will call play-by-play on TV for Clippers games on Prime Ticket/FOX Sports San Diego and NBA veteran and former Clipper Chauncey Billups will provide color commentary for two thirds of games. With Sieman’s transition to television, Noah Eagle will call Clippers games on AM 570 L.A. Sports.
Kristina Pink and Jaime Maggio will return as in-game reporters on Prime Ticket, and Hall of Famer Mike Fratello and Corey Maggette will split color commentary duties for the games not featuring Billups.
“I’m incredibly grateful for this opportunity. I was blessed to work with one of the best to ever call a game in Ralph Lawler. I learned so much from him and cherish our friendship,” said Sieman. "I love this organization, its fans and this city, I’m excited to tell the story of the Clippers franchise going forward as it looks to make history. Having been here for over a decade, I’ve seen a lot, and the best is yet to come.”
Sieman, who has been calling NBA games since the 2002-03 season, enters his 13th season with the Clippers and has also served as a pre- and post-game analyst on Prime Ticket’s Clippers telecasts. An Emmy Award-winner, Sieman has previously provided play-by-play for Prime Ticket’s coverage of Clippers Summer League games, as well as high school football and basketball. Prior to joining the Clippers, Sieman was the radio voice for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, and he has also called Continental Basketball Association and Drake University football games. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas.
“I am thrilled to be calling Clippers games this season with Brian, and am eager to share my thoughts and outlook on this team with some of the most passionate and knowledgeable NBA fans in the league,” said Billups. “As a former player and part of the Clippers family, it has been fantastic to see the excitement and momentum surrounding the entire Clippers organization, especially headed into this season. I can’t wait for Opening Night.”
Billups is a 17-year NBA veteran who spent two seasons with the L.A. Clippers from 2011-13, receiving the NBA’s inaugural Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award in 2013. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, three-time All-NBA selection and was selected as the NBA Finals MVP while winning a championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004. Billups was the third overall pick of the 1997 NBA Draft after a standout career at the University of Colorado. Since retiring from the NBA, he has spent the past five years contributing to ESPN’s NBA coverage, serving as a game and studio analyst, after previous stints with Fox Sports and NBATV. Billups will continue to provide NBA analysis on ESPN.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the L.A. Clippers, a first-class organization. There’s so much excitement building with this franchise and I can’t wait to provide the soundtrack for Clippers fans worldwide,” said Eagle. “Brian Sieman did an incredible job these last 12 years on the radio. He’s left big shoes to fill, and I’m fortunate to learn from him throughout the season. My whole life I have dreamed about working in the NBA, and to see that dream become a reality is truly special.”
Eagle, who is a recent graduate of Syracuse University, comes to the Clippers after calling Orange basketball, football and lacrosse games on SU’s WAER, where he served as the sports director. He is currently a host for SiriusXM on the ESPNU and ACC channels. Eagle has covered the Summer League, G League Winter Showcase and Draft Lottery Tiebreaker for NBA Entertainment and was a sideline reporter at the past two Jr. NBA Global Championships on FOX Sports. He has also worked as a studio host and play-by-play announcer for the ACC Network and the Tennis Channel and hosted a game show on WCNY-TV in New York. His father, Ian Eagle, is an accomplished sports broadcaster, and Noah has been called a ‘rising star’ by many.
Armando Garcia returns for his ninth season calling Clippers games in Spanish on 1330 AM – Tu Liga Radio.
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Led by Chairman Steve Ballmer, the L.A. Clippers in 2019-20 are competing in the franchise’s 50th season, after eight consecutive winning seasons and seven Playoff appearances over the past eight years. Head Coach Doc Rivers, the winningest head coach in franchise history, has compiled the NBA’s 5th-best record over the course of his time in L.A. The Clippers are committed to the city of Los Angeles and through the L.A. Clippers Foundation, provide resources and opportunities that make a positive difference toward leveling the playing field for youth in Southern California. Visit the Clippers online at www.clippers.com or follow them on social media @LAClippers.