Steve Ballmer bought the Clippers for a whopping $2 billion. The hyper former Microsoft CEO promises to give the Clippers and their fans a new experience (to be fair, anything would be a new AND GOOD experience outside of Donald Sterling).
So one of the things that Ballmer wants? Of course, he wants the Clippers to ditch the Apple products and start using Microsoft products. From Reuters:
The mobile experience is something Ballmer knows intimately and he acknowledges that under his leadership at Microsoft it was something he did not get right. Competitors such as Apple Inc< AAPL.O> and Google Inc seized the mobile revolution and put pressure on Ballmer to innovate. He stepped down as CEO in February after 14 years.
“And do I wish a higher percentage of today’s mobile devices were ours and we had birthed that category?,” he mused. “Yes, of course I do.”
Ballmer left the board of Microsoft last month but is still the largest individual shareholder, with about 4 percent of the company worth $15.7 billion.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the Clippers will be a Microsoft organization. The son of a Ford Motor Co manager, he’s always been a company and product loyalist, banning his own family from using Apple’s iPhones.
“Most of the Clippers on are Windows, some of the players and coaches are not,” Ballmer said.
“And Doc kind of knows that’s a project. It’s one of the first things he said to me: ‘We are probably going to get rid of these iPads, aren’t we?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, we probably are.’ But I promised we would do it during the off season.”
Do I blame Ballmer one bit? Of course not. But I don’t think this is a big deal at all for the Clippers. They’d gladly do anything at this point since their previous owner was a vile individual.
Also, can you hook me up with a Windows phone, Mr. Ballmer? Thanks!
Steve Ballmer pic from Getty Images. H/T to SLAM Online.