Steve Ballmer who paid an NBA record two billion dollars for the LA Clippers Basketball franchise has met thousands of fans for the first time. The former Microsoft Corp chief executive showed all his trademark top-of-the-lungs rambunctious enthusiasm in the packed team’s Steples Center home.
The 58-year-old took over the Clippers last week after former owner Donald Sterling was banned for life over racist remarks.
His 33 years of ownership was marked by living in the shadow of local rivals, the Lakers. All that is set to change Ballmer told the fans.
“I couldn’t be more honoured or excited or fired up to be here. We’re looking forward, everything’s about looking forward, from today on. Clutter, I’m not using that word anymore, we made lemonade out of lemons and still won 57 games last season and got pretty darn deep in the playoffs but not what we wanted and it’s fantastic for me to have this opportunity,” he enthused.
The new owner said he would be courtside for all his team’s games and be part of what the fans free tee shirts said is now “The Clipper Nation.”