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Ballmer Brings Cheer, Competitiveness to Clippers

Ballmer Brings Cheer, Competitiveness to Clippers
By Ryan Nakashima

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"Huge" basketball fan Steve Ballmer has a reputation for being intensely competitive and persistent. That could help the LA Clippers -- a team that just finished the second deepest playoff run of its 44-year history. Ballmer is a huge basketball fan, but is organized and analytical enough to manage a large organization.
 



For decades, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was the technology giant's biggest cheerleader. His booming voice and energetic high-fives are famous around Seattle. Now that he's agreed to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion, Ballmer is expected to bring that boosterism to the hardwood down south.

Ballmer's days of sports fandom go back to childhood. An avid pick-up basketball player who lacked the athleticism to excel at it, he channeled his passion into being team manager at the Country Day high school in his hometown of Detroit.

There, he supported players and was a perfectionist with stats. He made sure towels and balls were in order, and that water bottles were ready when the players stepped off the court. "And, of course, he cheered," then coach John Hansen told author Fredric Alan Maxwell for his 2002 book "Bad Boy Ballmer."

He didn't have a hoop in his backyard, but neighborhood kids knew from his bellows when he wanted a game.

"He'd be so loud, calling out to see if anyone wanted to play," childhood friend Rob Mason told the author. In the game, he was no less determined. "You could see how Steve ended up where he did. He just kept driving toward the basket. He was hugely competitive."

That kind of background makes Ballmer, 58, the "perfect owner" for the Clippers, says author Maxwell.

Ballmer is a huge basketball fan, but is organized and analytical enough to manage a large organization.

"He knows how to hire talent. He won't get in the way of that," said Maxwell.

But just wait for the courtside excitement, he said.

"When they play the Lakers, (Jack) Nicholson will be sitting down and Ballmer will be jumping all over the place," he said. "That's the maniacal side of him."

Apart from the flamboyant rah-rah displays of emotion Ballmer was known for at Microsoft, his career credentials are significant.

He helped build Microsoft into a software juggernaut after dropping out of Stanford's MBA program to help his college friend Bill Gates. He joined as the company's 30th employee in June 1980. Since Microsoft's initial public offering in 1986, the company's stock has climbed some 41,000 percent, helping build Ballmer's vast fortune, which Forbes estimates is roughly $21 billion.

Ballmer stepped down from the chief executive post in February as investors grew impatient with the company's slow progress adapting to a new era of mobile computing dominated by tablets and smartphones. One of Microsoft's key businesses -- selling its still dominant Windows operating systems -- is buffeted by a slowdown in demand for personal computers, even as the business and cloud services are gaining strength. (continued...)

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