Aug 18, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer at fan fest at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Ballmer Excites Clippers Fans, Leaves Microsoft Board

The Los Angeles Clippers have a new owner and his name is Steve Ballmer.

I had the privilege of being at Staples Center for the Fan Rally yesterday afternoon. Ballmer didn’t disappoint at all–he was as motivational as anyone I’ve ever seen in person. “It’s A New Day” in Los Angeles and Ballmer promises that the Clippers are going to be ‘Hardcore’.

C.J. Wilcox, Reggie Bullock, Jared Dudley, Matt Barnes, Jordan Farmar, DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and Doc Rivers were all in attendance and on the stage as the voice of the Clippers Ralph Lawler MC’d the festivities. All in all, it was a great event, the Staples Center staff went all in on this.

Take a look at this video to see just how crazy it got at Staples Center:

With all that being said, almost a year to the day after announcing he would leave his post as CEO at Microsoft and now taking the reigns of being the Clippers owner, Steve (as he likes to be called not Stever Ballmer or Mr. Ballmer) is departing Microsoft’s board of directors.

Ballmer ended a run as Microsoft CEO that began in January 2000 when he took over for founder Bill Gates, who has remained chairman unlike Ballmer. I am happy he has made this decision so he can solely focus on the Clippers.

“I hold more Microsoft shares than anyone other than index funds and love the mix of profits, investments and dividends returned in our stock,” Ballmer wrote. “I expect to continue holding that position for the foreseeable future.”

Ballmer currently owns more than 333 million shares of Microsoft (to Gates’ 298 million), worth slightly over $15 billion. Altogether, Ballmer is worth $21.6 billion per Forbes.

It’s a new day in the Los Angeles Clippers franchise.

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