“We just can not get rid of this guy,” Mark Reschke writes for TGAAP. “Like a nagging winter cough, a bad back or rheumatoid arthritis, Steve Ballmer’s need to be relevant seems insatiable.”
“With his recent overpaid L.A. Clippers acquisition, it sadly appears he will be in our consciousness for some time to come,” Reschke writes. “Yesterday, at the Clippers Fan Festival, Steve Ballmer brought out his nearly trademark maniac appearance. Going quasi-crazy on the fans, followed up with a 13 minute speech that did not excite anyone, but probably scared many. Some say Ballmer is simply an extremely passionate guy in whatever he gets into. That’s one apologetic opinion. The other is Ballmer simply cannot get over himself, and since his rise and reign at Microsoft is over, he needs the spotlight now more than ever.”
“One thing is abundantly clear: until Steve Ballmer squanders all his money away, he seems bent on spending it to stay relevant in his own mind, one way or another,” Reschke writes. “It was certainly more fun watching him run Microsoft into the ground, because I was beginning to like the Clippers, and I fear he will Microsoft this rising franchise.”
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MacDailyNews Take: In sports, money can buy you championships (see: the New York Yankees), although it’s far more elusive than an amateur like Ballmer might think (see: the New York Yankees). Meddlesome owners of sports teams tend to muck up the works (see: the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Knicks). Do you think Ballmer is the type of owner who will bankroll the operations and smartly leave the sports decisions to the professionals? With his narcissist desire to control and to be seen, we think not.
Ballmer is a used car salesman who got lucky. In college, he jumped on the coattails of that thief Gates, sold the world on a upside-down and backwards Mac, and rode to massive ill-gotten gains. His knowledge of basketball rivals his knowledge of how to run a tech company vs. the likes of a Steven Paul Jobs.
Good luck, LA Clippers! You’re gonna need it.
Steve Ballmer goes ape at Clippers’ Fan Festival – August 18, 2014