HoopsHype Steve Ballmer rumors

August 18, 2014 Updates
August 12, 2014 Updates

"At the root of everything he does and has done, he has always loved basketball," Crawford, a Seattle native, told USA TODAY Sports by phone Tuesday after the sale to Ballmer was announced by the NBA. "I remember one time we went to Spokane (Wash.) for a game out there, a charity game, and he flew up there just to watch some pros play. He's always somebody who's very excited and very motivated, and I'm sure he'll be like that (with the Clippers) times 10. USA Today Sports

Ramona Shelburne: Steve Ballmer tells ESPN he has absolutely "no thought" of moving the Clippers to Seattle. Ballmer says: "I' love Los Angeles. I love Seattle too. But the notion of spending time in Los Angeles has been exciting to me for years." Twitter @ramonashelburne

“I am humbled and honored to be the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers,” Mr. Ballmer said. “Clipper fans are so amazing. They have remained fiercely loyal to our franchise through some extraordinary times. I will be hard core in giving the team, our great coach, staff and players the support they need to do their best work on the court. And we will do whatever necessary to provide our fans and their families with the best game-night experience in the NBA. I look forward to meeting our fans at our STAPLES Center Fan Festival on Monday, Aug. 18 at 12:30 pm PT. This is an amazing new day in Clippers history,” Clippers President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Doc Rivers said. “I couldn’t be more excited to work together with Steve as we continue to build a first-class, championship organization. I am already inspired by Steve’s passion for the game, his love of competition and desire to win the right way and I know our players and fans are going to be inspired as well.” NBA.com

Chris Paul: “I am very excited about Mr. Ballmer’s purchase of the Clippers. I’ve had a chance to meet him and his excitement for the game of basketball and our team is going to be great for the league, the city of Los Angeles and Clipper fans everywhere. NBA.com

Ballmer, Doc Rivers and Clippers players will be in attendance at a Clippers Fan Festival that will be open to the general public on Monday, Aug. 18 at STAPLES Center at 12:30 p.m. PT. NBA.com

August 9, 2014 Updates

An appeals court denied Donald Sterling's petition late Friday to stay last month's probate court ruling against him, the latest round of legal wrangling over the proposed $2-billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer. The ruling capped a confused and hectic 24 hours that left all parties back where they started. Sterling's attorneys face a Wednesday deadline to file their objections to the probate court's ruling and presumably take the case to the appeals court again. Miami Herald

August 8, 2014 Updates

Without an appellate court’s intervention, the $2-billion sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer could be completed as soon as Friday, attorneys for Donald Sterling claimed in a request for an immediate stay of a probate judge’s decision that could determine the franchise’s owner. “Once that sale goes through,” the petition filed Friday in a state appeals court said, “Donald will have lost a unique and irretrievable asset coveted by high net worth individuals around the world -- one of 30 NBA franchises in the country, and one that under Donald’s 30-year ownership has recently become one of the most successful.” Los Angeles Times

August 5, 2014 Updates

Ballmer spoke to reporters Monday before teeing off in a “Snoqualmie Showdown” charity round of celebrity golf with Fred Couples, Rick Neuheisel and Sports Radio KJR morning radio host Mitch Levy ahead of the Boeing Classic later this month at Snoqualmie Ridge. He expressed regret at leaving the group fronted by hedge fund manager Chris Hansen that is trying to bring the NBA back to Seattle, but said the opportunity to buy the Los Angeles Clippers was too big to pass up. “It was my dream to have a team in Seattle,” said Ballmer, speaking locally for the first time since his $2 billion offer in May to buy the Clippers, which is held up in a court battle between the league and outgoing owner Donald Sterling. “I spent some time on that and worked on it and I wish that had worked. I don’t know when that will happen. With luck, maybe it happens in the next few years, but if it takes a few more than that, I decided that this was probably the best path for me to take.” Seattle Times

Ballmer reiterated, as he has several times since making the bid, there’s no chance he’ll eventually move the Clippers to Seattle. He said the NBA would never allow it and he paid the price he did because the Clippers are a Los Angeles-based team. “Probably most people will tell you I paid an L.A. beachfront price, not a Seattle beachfront price for the team,” he said. “I’m not crazy.” Seattle Times

July 30, 2014 Updates

The meeting with Ballmer last Monday was the last, best chance for Donald Sterling to walk away with a shred of conciliation, or dignity. A settlement would have resurrected some shred of decorum. Even disgraced Dodgers owner Frank McCourt scored a photo op with Magic Johnson before exiting the stage. That was Sterling's option, but he had no use for it. Ballmer left the meeting after about an hour and a half and flew back to Seattle. Sterling instructed his lawyers to file a new lawsuit in the morning, this time alleging just about the only thing left to allege, that the shares of the corporation that owns the Clippers are in his name. It's a legal document that independent experts call laughable, and was a waste of time for everyone involved. ESPN.com

July 29, 2014 Updates

In fact, even as Shelly's attorneys were hailing judge Michael Levanas' ruling, they sounded less optimistic than Shelly about the chances of Donald standing down. She said he hoped he would drop two other lawsuits — one seeking $1 billion in damages from the NBA and another seeking to scuttle the sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer by arguing the agreement violated corporate law. The chances of that happening? Samini said Sterling gave no indication that he's ready to give up. "He never met a lawsuit he didn't like,'' said Pierce O'Donnell, one of Shelly's attorneys. "We hope at this point that Donald realizes he can't run out the clock forever.'' USA Today Sports

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