Posts Tagged ‘Steve Ballmer’

Clippers introduce new mascot Chuck the Condor

LOS ANGELES, CA  - FEBRUARY 29: The Los Angeles Clippers mascot during the game against the Brooklyn Nets on February 29, 2016 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Los Angeles Clippers may be named for a type of boat, but when they were in need of a mascot, they turned to the animal kingdom. Last night the Clippers introduced Chuck the Condor, their new mascot. The condor is the state bird of California, and Clippers coach Doc Rivers noted that he hopes the mascot will bring them some luck…

To celebrate the new mascot, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer threw down a dunk off of a trampoline, which was pretty impressive…

Blake Griffin, Steve Ballmer show off rejected Clippers logos

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night on “Conan,” Clippers owner Steve Ballmer showed off the team’s new logo. But what he didn’t show was all the blood, sweat and tears that went into creating that new logo. And apparently, this is the blood, sweat and tears of graphic design enthusiast Blake Griffin, who took on this project and came up with something new…

VIDEO: Clips logo

Clippers unveil new logo for 2015-16


VIDEO: Owner Steve Ballmer unveils the Clippers’ new look unis on ‘Conan’

By Nick Margiasso IV, NBA.com

In the NBA world, it’s time to already start turning toward next season. And while prospect and player news begins trickling in as both the 2015 NBA Draft and free agency period are, respectively, on their way, the summer also means new logo season is here.

Rejoice!

So — although the Milwaukee Bucks already got a jump start on revamping their gear — the Los Angeles Clippers decided to use the first day after The Finals to show the world their own big makeover. Oddly enough, Conan is where owner Steve Ballmer showed off the new wears … with an official announcement to follow shortly thereafter.


VIDEO: Clippers unveil their new logo and unis

 

STEVE BALLMER JUST CAN’T TAKE IT

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Maybe the most fun part of this Clippers run has been getting to see their always intense owner Steve Ballmer sitting courtside, where he is pretty much constantly FIRED UP. LIKE, REALLY FIRED UP.

Last night in San Antonio, the Clippers hung on to win a close Game 6, 102-96. But it was a close game throughout, which meant it wasn’t easy for Steve Ballmer…

STEVE BALLMER IS STILL REALLY INTENSE

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERSteve Ballmer has owned the Los Angeles Clippers for just about a year now, but time doesn’t seem to have lessened his enthusiasm. We saw Ballmer display his, er, unique brand of enthusiasm during the regular season. And now that we’re in the postseason, Ballmer has stepped up his game as well.

Check out his reaction last night when Chris Paul hit a shot to give the Clippers an 18-point third quarter lead over the Spurs…

Fergie inspires Steve Ballmer dance performance

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERSteve Ballmer has only been the owner of the Clippers for a few months, but he’s already made quite a splash with some of his courtside reactions. Last night things went to a whole new level.

For last night’s Clippers/Lakers game, Ballmer sat in his courtside seat next to pop singer Fergie. In between the first and second quarters, someone handed Fergie a microphone for a quick performance of her new single “L.A. Love.” This made Ballmer pretty happy.

As Fergie sang her song, Ballmer went into DANCE FEVER MODE…


VIDEO: Ballmer Dances

Here’s a Vine of the moment…

Later, the Clippers reacted to their owner’s funky moves…

Horry Scale: Blake’s lucky bounce


VIDEO: Blake’s bouncing winner

In the history of lucky basketball bounces, none can touch Don Nelson‘s late shot in Game 7 of the 1969 Finals, helping the Celtics secure their 11th title. The ball hit back rim, went straight up and then dropped through the basket and into the hearts of the Lakers.

That happened at the Forum, which is now closed. But roughly 25 minutes from that site (or 30, depending on L.A. freeway traffic), Blake Griffin had a similar brush with lucky fate when he put the final touch on a 121-120 overtime Clippers win over the Suns in what could be the No. 1 thriller of the NBA season thus far.

The contest was what you’d expect from a pair of high-scoring teams that love to play freestyle, free-wheeling basketball. The guard-heavy Suns thrive in the open floor and the Clippers, blessed with point guard Chris Paul, favor the fast break as well. The contest was back-and-forth all night, and five extra minutes were tacked on after regulation. As a fan at Staples Center, could you ask for anything more?

Well, yes. A Clippers victory. Which was in doubt until Griffin took an inbounds pass from Paul with the Clippers down a pair and the clock ticking.

But we’ll get to the winning sequence in a minute. First, about Griffin. He had a monster night with 45 points, two shy of his career high. If these teams meet in the playoffs, the Suns might want to watch video of this game (minus the last few seconds) and figure how to keep Griffin from getting to the line (he made 15 of 17 free throws) and how to keep a body on him.

OK, on to the details.

DIFFICULTY

After taking the inbounds pass from Paul, Griffin faked a pass back to Paul, then faced the basket, took a step-back and let it fly from the right elbow beyond the arc. The ball bounced off the rim, then the top of the glass, then fell in. He had to do all of that in 2.6 seconds, which he managed to pull off without a hitch. But not without a few bounces. Hey, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.

GAME SITUATION

Blake was only in position to take that shot partly because Jamal Crawford was ejected for the first time in his career in the fourth quarter after arguing a foul call. Normally, Griffin would not get the ball to launch a 3-pointer; he’d attempted only nine all season prior to the shot. Also, the game went into overtime because Paul had his game-winning attempt blocked by Eric Bledsoe (27 points, 16 assists, 11 rebounds) at the fourth-quarter buzzer. Also, the Clippers had the ball because the Suns committed a shot-clock violation. Finally, with a foul to give, the Suns grabbed Griffin just before his game-winner. But instead of shooting while getting fouled, Griffin passed off. He could’ve put himself at the free-throw line with a chance to tie instead of the Clippers being forced to inbound the ball. But it turned out okay for him.

IMPORTANCE

The Clippers stumbled out of the gate to start the season, drawing the ire of coach Doc Rivers and perhaps having owner Steve Ballmer wonder what in the heck he was getting for his $2 billion. But all is well now. The Clippers have won eight straight and are clearly on the rise. Teams in the West have no choice but to see the vortex from L.A. heading their way (hint: It’s not the Lakers). It was the second straight loss for the Suns, whose only real issue is they don’t play in the East.

CELEBRATION

After the swish, er bounce, Griffin took off sprinting down the floor, followed quickly by Paul. As you might also might have expected, Staples was in bedlam. Speaking of Staples, Rivers said he wants the building to be a home-court advantage like it has been (or rather, was) for the Lakers. If the Clippers intend on playing like this, Rivers won’t have any reason to worry about the crowd or the noise level.

GRADE

Look, we realize Griffin got a little lucky. OK, a lot lucky. Still, the shot was the cherry on top of a tremendous performance for him, so we give it three Horrys.

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NEW CLIPPERS OWNER STEVE BALLMER IS REALLY INTENSE

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Before buying the Los Angeles Clippers, Steve Ballmer spent over three decades at Microsoft, eventually rising to the role of CEO, and while at Microsoft he became known for having a fiery style of leadership that helped the company become one of the world’s most profitable software companies.

So it’s no surprise that since taking over as owner of the Clippers, Ballmer has demonstrated a few times that he can get REALLY FIRED UP when rooting for his team. Last night, for instance, at the Clippers home opener, there were a few times that BALLMER GOT SO EXCITED THAT HE COULD BARELY CONTAIN HIMSELF. Like, check out this GIF of BALLMER GETTING SO JACKED UP WHEN THE CLIPPERS SECURED THE WIN that he SCARED THE HECK out of his own son, sitting next to him…

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(via r/NBA)

The Los Angeles Clippers are relentless

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When a new owner takes over a franchise, he usually changes a few things. Maybe they get new uniforms or some in-arena upgrades, but whatever it is, it’s a way for the new ownership to subtly remind fans that things are going to be different from here on out.

In Los Angeles, when Steve Ballmer purchased the Clippers, they were already a team with title aspirations, with not many adjustments needed on the court. Off the court, though, there was plenty of work to be done.

One way Ballmer’s influence is already showing is in the way the team is being marketed. Not only did the Clippers introduce a cool new ad campaign, they did it in a big way: They bought ad space during each of last night’s TNT games. So you may have tuned in to watch the Mavs, Spurs, Lakers or Rockets, but you got an eyeful of the new Los Angeles Clippers’ ad campaign, “Be Relentless”…


VIDEO: Clips Relentless