Clippers Fan Festival ignites Los Angeles

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

Steve Ballmer delivers a passionate speech to the crowd, who is eager to get past the Donald Sterling drama from April.

Back in April, the former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was caught making racist remarks, prompting NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to ban him for life and fine him $2.5 million. As the team’s future ownership became uncertain a bidding war broke out, and the ex-CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, won with a whopping $2 billion purchase! This week, the Clippers Fan Festival rebooted the team’s image with their #itsanewday theme and a wildly energetic appearance by Ballmer.

Ballmer, an American businessman who led Microsoft as its CEO from January 2000 to February 2014, ranks number 32 on the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans. After 37 years with Microsoft, Ballmer announced on Tuesday that he’s resigning to focus his energy on managing the Clippers, doing charity work, and teaching at Stanford and USC.

Fans, players, and Clippers Coach Doc Rivers received Ballmer warmly at the Fan Festival, where the new owner promised, “We’re going to be bold. Bold doesn’t mean everything changes. Bold means you’re willing to take risks…if you’re not being bold, you’re being timid. And the L.A. Clippers are going to be bold.” He said that he’ll be letting Rivers make the big decisions.

Images courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers.