Steve Ballmer Speaks About His Teams – Microsoft And… Los Angeles Clippers
After Steve Ballmer plunked down 2 billion dollars for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, fans might expect the former Microsoft chief executive to be hitting the reset button on a team that has been through a nasty public fight over racism.
Don’t bet on it. That experience, Ballmer knows, makes his team unique, and it will be part of the story he tells to earn one thing that wasn’t guaranteed by the record price tag: a fan base that will sustain the team for years to come.
“I think people understand we are a different kind of team. We are born in kind of a funny way and the guys have all had to live through something not only on the court, but off the court together that requires a deeper kind of commitment. I think our team is going to build off of that to be even more phenomenal.”
Ballmer says he is pleased with the basketball side of his new venture, his first after 34 years working at Microsoft from the very beginning with friend and co-founder Bill Gates. He said looking back at his time at the helm of the company, there were a few regrets.
“The one thing, I would say, I feel I wish at a cosmic level we birthed the PC, we birthed personal productivity, we transformed the way businesses run by replacing mainframes and all these disparate systems with Windows based servers that powered data centers. And do I wish a higher percentage of today’s mobile devices were ours and we had birthed that category, yes, of course I do.”
Ballmer left the board of Microsoft last month, but is still the largest individual shareholder with around 4 percent of the company worth .7 billion.
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