NBA Basketball - Ballmer new owner of the LA Clippers

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NBA Basketball - Ballmer new owner of the LA Clippers
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(FILES) In this October 29,2012 file photo, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks at a special media event to announce the next generation Windows Phone, Windows Phone 8, at the Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco in California. AFP PHOTO / Kimihiro Hoshino / FILES (AFP Photo/KIMIHIRO HOSHINO)

- Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer officially became the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday, the National Basketball Association announced.

It said the transaction, worth an estimated $2 billion, closed after a California court order went into effect confirming that Shelly Sterling had the authority to sell the team.

In a statement, Ballmer said he was "humbled and honored to be the new owner of the Los Angels Clippers."

The team went on the block after the NBA slapped a life ban on its owner, Donald Sterling, who bought the club in 1981 for $12.5 million.

The action was in response to a video aired on celebrity website TMZ that showed Sterling criticizing his girlfriend for having her picture taken with black people.

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