Now that the Clippers' season has come to an end after giving up big leads in back-to-back games, the focus turns to what moves the team will make in the offseason... player-wise, and owner-wise.
While everyone from Oprah to Magic Johnson are rumored to be interested in the team, one other big name—at least in the tech world—is Steve Ballmer, the former Microsoft CEO who's interested in the team's sale. Ballmer has tried in the past to buy teams and relocate them to Seattle, and he recently attended one of the Clips' playoffs games in Los Angeles, and had a seat right next to Commissioner Adam Silver. Let the conspiracy rumors begin.
The Wall Street Journal caught up with Ballmer before he delivered a commencement address to students at USC, and got his thoughts on buying the Clippers, and possibly going to Seattle:
I have nothing definitive to say. Am I right on top of what’s going on there? Absolutely I am. I love basketball, and I’d love to participate at some point in the NBA. If the opportunity is outside of Seattle, so be it. I will learn about any team that comes up for sale at this point.
If I get interested in the Clippers, it would be for Los Angeles. I don’t work anymore, so I have more geographic flexibility than I did a year, year-and-a half ago. Moving them anywhere else would be value destructive.
Only time will tell who'll get the Clippers, and what they'll plan on doing with the team. When the SuperSonics went up for sale, new owner Clay Bennett said the team would stay in town. That team eliminated the Clippers last night, and they're now based in Oklahoma City.
[via Wall Street Journal]