Lawler and Smith made their off-the-cuff comments about the Iranian-born center during
Wednesday night’s telecast from Memphis. The on-air banter offended a viewer who called Fox to complain.
The duo did not work Friday’s night telecast against the Denver Nuggets at Staples
Center. Michael Eaves and Don MacLean, who regularly serve as halftime and postgame
analysts on the Clippers telecasts, substituted for Lawler and Smith at courtside.
Lawler is in his 31st season doing Clippers games, and Smith is in his 12th.