Aug 18, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers (left) and owner Steve Ballmer at press conference at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Link Dump: Ballmer-era expectations, DAJ free agency, Clippers #1 fan

Law Murray (ClipperBlog) – Steve Ballmer and new ownership expectations for the Clippers - ClipperBlog

You want to see an overseer that thinks outside the box, is visionary, and creative. To reach those means, he has the integrity to imagine progressive solutions while staying within the lines.

You want to develop a legacy over the course of an owner’s tenure that conveys a culture of winning on and off-the-court of play. While the bottom line is important for the business side of things, all sports organizations have a tangible goal every year: to win a championship.

Steve Perrin (Clips Nation) – From Sterling to Ballmer–a rags to riches story for Clippers fan

The simple fact of the matter is, in over 30 years as the Clippers owner, Donald Sterling never once went in front of a microphone without saying something that Clippers fans wished he hadn’t said. Literally not one time, at least not of which I’m aware. The sheer contrast — the whiplash inducing, disorienting, vertiginous contrast — between these two owners is mind-numbing. Right now, Ballmer with a mic in his hand is as exciting for Clipper fans as Blake Griffin catching a lob or Chris Paul coming off a pick at the elbow.

D.J. Foster (Bleacher Report) – Should Los Angeles Clippers Be Worried About Losing DeAndre Jordan?

There may be some hesitancy when it comes to paying Jordan a max deal, but the Clippers should hope that they have enough in place to convince Jordan to take a little less. That’s where he’s spent his entire career, after all, and it’s a new day with owner Steve Ballmer taking over for Donald Sterling.

David Roth (SB Nation) – Shelly Sterling, terrible person, is legally the ‘Clippers’ Number One Fan’

If the “owner emeritus” title seems unfamiliar, that is probably because no owner has previously been such a weeping garbage bag full of weapons-grade loathsomeness as to necessitate its creation for his spouse after he was run out of the league amid roaring, universal acclaim. If the “Clipper’s Number One Fan” title seems dubious (and questionably punctuated), it is because it is totally specious and also incorrectly punctuated.

Ben Bolch (Los Angeles Times) – Clipper Darrell willing to share No. 1 fan title with Shelly Sterling

“Being anybody’s No. 1 fan is earned, not given,” Bailey said in a phone interview with The Times on Tuesday, when asked about erstwhile owner Shelly Sterling’s self-ascribed designation as “Clippers No. 1 fan” that came as part of her sale of the team to billionaire Steve Ballmer.

“But it doesn’t even bother me, man. If Shelly wants to be the No. 1 fan, I’ve got 40 [Clippers] suits, so I’ll give her one and let’s have a party. I’m willing to share.”

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