HoopsHype Steve Ballmer rumors

January 27, 2015 Updates

Near the top of Forbes’s rankings are former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s Los Angeles Clippers. Before purchasing the Donald Sterling-defamed Clippers, he ran the computer software empire during the peak of Microsoft’s development of touch-screen interfaces. Conveniently, the league source describes a marriage between Ballmer’s former business and Lasry’s alleged dirty hobby as the key to to an endless revenue stream that NBA owners anxiously seek to tap into. “In addition to all of the regular bets we already have, you’ll be able to sit at an NBA game or on your couch and bet on jump shots by pressing a button on the iPad or your cellphone or any of the gadgets,” explained the league source. “You’ll do this as much as you want throughout the game.” Breitbart News Network

January 13, 2015 Updates

Mikhail Prokhorov has retained Evercore Partners to manage the sale of the NBA franchise he bought in 2010, according to Bloomberg, citing two sources with knowledge of the situation. Prokhorov, the 49-year-old Russian billionaire, owns an 80-percent stake in the team, which is valued at $1.3 billion, according to an expert quoted in the Bloomberg report. But the sale price could exceed the $2 billion that Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer shelled out last year to purchase the LA Clippers. New York Post

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Q: What’s it like to interview with Steve Ballmer? Gillian Zucker: He’s extremely intense. It’s question after question after question. He’s also very specific, and he expects very specific answers. You definitely need to know your stuff to hang with him. But, he’s got this incredible energy, and he’s got a brilliant mind. In one of the meetings we had, he asked me a bunch of questions – kind of a series of questions. And, in his head, he did some sort of calculation and threw out to me, ‘Well then it means this.’ It was the type of thing that most people would need time and a computer – or definitely a piece of paper and a pen to process. He just did it all in his head. I just started laughing, and said, ‘If we’re going to hang together, I’m going to definitely have to carry a calculator.’ Orange County Register

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Ballmer’s enthusiasm is incredible and unwavering. During the first quarter he did an interview with TNT’s David Aldridge which he couldn’t stop moving. He looked like he was on the verge of giving D.A. a big bear hug and screaming in his face. Ballmer is like a young, unhinged Mark Cuban. It is wonderful. The Big Lead

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Steve Ballmer was pretty excited at the first fan rally after he took over the team. He was jumping around, high-fiving fans, giving us chest bumps. The media and the Internet ran with this. They tried to turn him into a joke. Ballmer was everywhere. People cut up his speech into a montage and put it on YouTube. All the players thought it was awesome. Personally, I love that kind of crazy. Ballmer wants to win no matter the cost. Donald Sterling didn’t care if we won — at least if it meant he had to spend money. It wasn’t just about spending money on players. For years, our training staff wanted to buy this sophisticated computer software that would let them scan our bodies and keep track of our progress throughout the season. Sterling wouldn’t sign off on it. The Players' Tribune

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Alex Kennedy: The Clippers' local TV deal only pays them $20 million per year. Some have predicted that number could jump as high as $80 million per year. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

September 25, 2014 Updates

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer purchased the Los Angeles Clippers last month for $2 billion, and now he’s hinting at some changes for the basketball team. Ballmer’s not dropping coach Doc Rivers or any star players, but he is planning to get rid of iPads in favor of Windows. "Most of the Clippers are on Windows, some of the players and coaches are not," explains Ballmer in an interview with Reuters. "And Doc kind of knows that’s a project. It's one of the first things he said to me: 'We are probably going to get rid of these iPads, aren’t we?' And I said, 'Yeah, we probably are.' But I promised we would do it during the off season." The Verge

September 24, 2014 Updates

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