“Steve Ballmer finally has an NBA outlet for his rah-rah displays of emotion as the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers,” Beth Harris reports for The Associated Press. “The former Microsoft CEO’s record $2 billion purchase of the team was confirmed by a Los Angeles judge on Tuesday, clearing the way for the avid pickup basketball player to take over the team from Donald Sterling, who unsuccessfully fought his estranged wife over the sale.”
“‘We’re a family that likes basketball,’ he told The Associated Press in a phone interview,” Harris reports. “Ballmer, who lives in the Seattle area, said he hopes to attend a lot of Clippers games next season. He said interim CEO Dick Parsons has agreed to stay on for the time being. ‘That gives me a chance to figure this all out,’ he said.”
MacDailyNews Take: Ooh, wait’ll Balmy “figures it all out!”
“‘Really excited — in a pretty hardcore way — to continue the path to making the Clippers a better and better basketball team, and a better and better citizen of the Los Angeles community,’ Ballmer told the AP,” Harris reports. “Shelly Sterling lamented losing the team, but Ballmer gifted her with the title of ‘owner emeritus.’ She will receive two floor seats, 10 other seats and parking at Staples Center for games. ‘I am confident that Steve will bring the city a championship team in the very near future,’ she said.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Ballmer has already changed the team’s logo: