LOS ANGELES - Clippers play-by-play man Ralph Lawler and color analyst Michael Smith met with Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi before yesterday's game at Staples Center, where they expressed regret for an incident that earned the TV broadcasters a one-game suspension.
It was the first meeting between the teams since Lawler's and Smith's off-the-cuff remarks about the Iranian-born center during the final minutes of Los Angeles' 106-91 loss at Memphis on Nov. 18. One offended viewer sent an e-mail to the Fox Sports Prime Ticket network.
"It went really well," Lawler said. "It was really good to get a chance to shake his hand and look him in the eye. We reached out to him, he reached back, and I feel real good about it."
Before Lawler and Smith spoke with Haddadi in the Grizzlies' dressing room, they had a conversation with his agent and three representatives of the Alliance of Iranian Americans.
By sheer coincidence, yesterday was Iranian Heritage day.