Steve Ballmer Rumors
In the past few days, there has been a sort of dunk-off going around the NBA among owners and coaches. On Sunday, Celtics coach Brad Stevens threw down a dunk with the help of a trampoline. On Monday night, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer also slammed in a trampoline dunk during halftime. Now, on Tuesday, Grizzlies owner Robert Pera posted his own dunk video sans trampoline.
Steve Ballmer is the world’s richest sports team owner with a net worth of $23.5 billion. The longtime CEO of Microsoft MSFT -0.82%, who left the company in 2014, paid $2 billion for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014 when the NBA forced the sale of the team after racist statements made by then-owner Donald Sterling. It was 3 ½ times the previous record sale price for an NBA franchise.
Ballmer dunked. The 21st-richest man in America (per the Forbes 400) took a basketball, ran from midcourt, jumped off a trampoline (he almost missed) and slammed home the ball with two hands. In doing so, he sent the sellout crowd home with vouchers for a free pair of hi-top red Converse Chuck Taylors, because …
Q: How would you describe your relationship with Clippers second-year owner Steve Ballmer? Rivers: “He’s been phenomenal. He’s so supportive. Wants to win, like we all do. Involved, but lets us do our job. He is a great spirit to have in our organization and he’s the smartest man in the room every time he walks in the room. I just listen to him. I love his business.”
In his first interview since Blake Griffin punched out the team’s assistant equipment manager, the Clippers owner sounded as if he was prepared to discipline his All-Star forward. Asked Wednesday night if he felt it necessary for the Clippers to take the kind of action that would represent what they stand for, Ballmer didn’t hesitate. “There needs to be consequences,” he said. “It’s the right thing to do.”
Ballmer was measured when speaking of Griffin, condemning the player’s actions without tossing him under the proverbial bus. “Just remember, Blake is a key part of his team,” Ballmer said. At this moment, the courtside goofball in Ballmer emerged, as he extended his arms to mimic an embrace. “We will welcome him back,” he said with a smile as broad as his shoulders.