Baseball - Boisterous Ballmer rallies Clipper fans into frenzy

Baseball - Boisterous Ballmer rallies Clipper fans into frenzy

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 18: New owner of the Los Angeles Clippers Steve Ballmer reacts to the fans after being introduced for the first time during Los Angeles Clippers Fan Festival at Staples Center on August 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Jeff Gross/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/JEFF GROSS)

- A fist-pumping, high-fiving Steve Ballmer enthusiastically vowed to run a "hard core" NBA franchise that will win championships during a rally to introduce the new owner to Los Angeles Clipper fans.

Wearing a blue Clippers' cap and clapping constantly, the former Microsoft chief executive shouted until he almost went hoarse Monday.

"Do we have any Clipper fans here? I can't hear you," he screamed.

"I couldn't be more honoured or excited or fired up to be here."

The US tech tycoon Ballmer paid a record $2 billion for the Clippers in a sale that was confirmed by an American judge last week.

Clippers head coach Doc Rivers and players Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan joined Ballmer on the stage.


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