Ding Dong! Racist ownership is dead! Hallelujah! Donald Sterling’s ownership of the Clippers is officially no more. Enter Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO, to pick up the pieces.
Yesterday afternoon, the Los Angeles Clippers ushered in a new ownership era with a press conference to introduce new Clippers owner, Steve Ballmer. If you have yet to be made aware, Ballmer was part of the failed ownership group trying to keep the Sonics in Seattle. And if we use yesterday’s press conference as an indicator, I’d say he has yet to forget about it, and is still pretty bitter about it to this day.
“I love Seattle, and I’m gonna love beating the old Seattle basketball team when we get our first lick in the first game of the year!”
Pretty strong words from a guy who seems to fail to realize that the Clippers’ last season ended at the hands of the Thunder. Sure, the Clippers got a few good licks in. But, when it was all said and done, the Thunder were facing the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, while the Clippers were getting set to watch the remainder of the playoffs from their homes in Los Angeles, or wherever their players call home during the offseason.
I don’t blame the guy. Yesterday was, in essence, a Los Angeles Clippers pep rally. He’s the new boss man, and needs to continually show the team’s fan base that he is serious about winning. That’s why he talks about beating “the old Seattle basketball team”. He can’t just get in front of the team’s fan base and say something to the effect of:
“And I’m going to love seeing the Clippers give it their all against the old Seattle team, win or lose!”
Yeah, that doesn’t quite have the same effect.
Although I hope Ballmer doesn’t end up reduced to tears if his prediction fails to pan out. Somehow, I doubt he will be if they lose. This newly-forming Thunder-Clippers rivalry has just been injected with a serious dose of bad blood, as if it wasn’t already there with Ibaka and Griffin. Stay tuned. I have a feeling this season series will be one of the best ones of the entire season. There’s too much talent on both squads to expect otherwise.