13 minutes of new Clippers owner Steve Ballmer “losing himself” at Clippers’ Fan Festival
It didn’t take long for the Clippers to go from having the most hated owner in the league to arguably the most popular (Cuban still has my vote) one.
At the Clippers Fan Festival yesterday, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was introduced to sounds of “Lose Yourself” by Eminem and that’s exactly what he ended up doing. The man with 2 billion less dollars in his bank account gave high fives, chest bumps and even his email address to crowd of 4k+.
“We’re going to be bold. Bold means taking chances,” he said. “We’re going to be optimistic. We’re going to be hard-core. Nothing gets in our way, boom! The hard-core Clippers, that’s us.”
Even the Clippers’ players like DeAndre Jordan, Matt Barnes, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were a little overwhelmed with Ballmer’s energy.
“When he came through the crowd, I literally had goose bumps,” Griffin said afterward. “I don’t know if there’s one good word to describe him. I know all our guys are excited about the energy he brings. It’s completely different.”
Coach Doc Rivers also got a kick out of Ballmer’s answer to a fan question about the next 26 years for the franchise.
“I’ll boldly say the Clippers will win many, many more Larrys in the next 26 years than they did in the last 26,” he said, referring to the Larry O’Brien trophy that goes to the NBA champion.
“I love energy,” Rivers said later. “You get caught up in that and that’s good. That was great for our fans.”