Ballmer explains how he'll make the Clippers as loved as the Lakers

Los Angeles Clippers owner (and, of course, longtime Microsoft CEO) Steve Ballmer talking to Julie Bort:

"So look. I'll say two things. No. 1, we've been kicking the Lakers' a-- the last several years. Let's just face it. We don't have the championships that the Lakers do. We don't have any of that. But in the world of sports it's, 'What did you do this season?' And all we can control is how we do this season, next game, next game, and I'm proud of what we're doing.
 "Ok, yeah, we didn't have a championship 15 years ago but we're doing well.

First of all, as Bort notes, the Lakers actually last won the title seven years ago, not fifteen years ago. (The Clippers, of course, have never won the title.) Second, this is such a Ballmer thing to say.

In a way, it's a refreshingly honest look inside someone's head. On the other, how much do we want to bet this statement comes back to bite him in the ass? Generally, I like what he's trying to do with Clippers -- modernize operations, but just as importantly, provide them with anything they need resource-wise. On the other hand, this is the person who scoffed at the iPhone...

"Let's see how the competition goes..."


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