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Steve "Big Baller" Ballmer has words for the flaker fans and state of the team
 

 
Ballmer let his nutts hang

speaks on flaker fans, new building, changing the name, moving team

from the LA Times

Lakers fans, Steve Ballmer is coming for you.

Lakers fans, Steve Ballmer has a team that finished last season better than your team, and he’s building an arena that will be nicer than your arena and he’s constructed a roster that will last longer than your roster.

Lakers fans, Steve Ballmer knows this is exactly why you jeered his Clippers so loudly last spring, turning the town against them even as they crept to within two wins of the NBA Finals.

He gets your hate. He accepts your boos. And he’s coming for you.

“Why did so many in the town cheer against us?” the Clippers irrepressible owner asked in an interview with The Times on the eve of training camp. “At some points it gets like this ... for a long time the Clippers were nothing, so nobody had to pay attention, and for people who had been Lakers fans forever, there’s no threat.”

He paused and smiled.

“We’ll, we’ve gotten pretty good,” he said. “We’re actually serious, you can see we’re serious, we’re not the old screwed-up franchise in town, we’re getting our act together and I think because we’re getting our act together, it gets people like, ‘C’mon, you can’t get your act together, it’s just my team, my team is the only one that matters!’”

He kept smiling.

“No, we’re coming,” he said. “We’re coming.”

So all those Lakers fans who booed you etc, all those people were actually scared of you?

“A little bit,” said Ballmer with a chuckle. “A little bit.”


He explained, saying, “We’re going to provide some competition. I don’t mean for fandom in the city, I mean we’re going to be real competition in this league. It’s not like the Clippers for the first whatever number of years where you can just write them off at the beginning of the season, we’re going to be a serious competitor and people aren’t used to that.”

“I have been surprised by animus from Lakers fans, and my message has sort of been, why, you don’t have enough confidence in your guys?” he said. “There are 29 other teams you have to beat to win a championship, but you must be pretty worried about us. The Lakers are a great organization, a great franchise, but Laker fans, you must be a little worried about us.”

Um, er, Lakers fans should be worried

The $2 billion arena in Inglewood, scheduled to open in 2024, is not just a game changer, it’s a franchise changer, with his team’s presence now as solid as the unbroken 51 rows of stands in one end zone that will be known as, “The Wall.” They will no longer be a distant third tenant at Staples Center. Their nomadic existence will finally come to rest in a basketball palace.

“This is just another step in building our own identity. We’ve got to get out of the shadows,” Ballmer said. “We’re building our own home-court advantage. That building says we’re different. We‘ve finally got our own schtick.”

The arena investment puts an end to the lingering question that Ballmer could move the team to Seattle. That’s not happening. Ballmer claims it was never happening.

“Nobody can be confused anymore,” he said. “I never even thought about it. Not once.”

on changing the name

“I thought about it, you’ve got to think about it,” Ballmer said about the changing the name. “When I first got the team, I thought about it in the sense, 'Is the brand tarnished?' ... But the brand is better known because it is tarnished. 'But is it tarnished?'”

He added, “But we’re through all that, our Clipper loyalists won’t want us to change the name of this thing, there’s no push for that. I’m hopeful we’re going to win a championship with that name in the next few years. Why walk away from that?”

You can ignore it, you can dismiss it, but, seriously, if you consider yourself an Angeleno, how can you not respect it?


CLIPP GANG OR DONT BANG
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 3 weeks ago '16        #2
BMC1000  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8 OP
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its a long read so i kno yall comin


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 3 weeks ago '16        #3
BMC1000  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8 OP
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"The Wall!"












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 3 weeks ago '06        #4
Don Kaliko  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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oh, ok
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 3 weeks ago '16        #5
BMC1000  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8 OP
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 Don Kaliko said
oh, ok
just the State of tha Clipps dont trip



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 3 weeks ago '05        #6
TheChief 
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Clipper home games are gonna be full of Laker fans did y’all
forget that’s the City of Champions




And I wish y’all wood tear down the forum and add another curse to your godforsaken franchise
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 3 weeks ago '16        #7
BMC1000  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8 OP
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 TheChief said
Clipper home games are gonna be full of Laker fans did y’all
forget that’s the City of Champions




And I wish y’all wood tear down the forum and add another curse to your godforsaken franchise
nah they too broke to buy 2 sets of season tickets

yall mfs scared af

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 3 weeks ago '18        #8
DUCEDUCE  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 TheChief said
Clipper home games are gonna be full of Laker fans did y’all
forget that’s the City of Champions

If Lakers fans hate the clippers then why go to their games?
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 3 weeks ago '05        #9
kriskross00  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Stop it breh
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 3 weeks ago '05        #10
kriskross00  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 DUCEDUCE said
If Lakers fans hate the clippers then why go to their games?
Because the tickets are cheaper
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 3 weeks ago '21        #11
Linas Kleiza 
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Ballmer is a terrible owner. He's been trying to buy a championship for the last 7 years and has failed miserably.

 3 weeks ago '16        #12
BMC1000  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8 OP
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 DUCEDUCE said
If Lakers fans hate the clippers then why go to their games?

 kriskross00 said
Because the tickets are cheaper
nah its cuz they confused

cuz they actually cheer for the clippers
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 3 weeks ago '19        #13
Mental Illness  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x9
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los angeles doesnt deserve the clippers, city full of ungrateful lakers fans
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 3 weeks ago '05        #14
kriskross00  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 BMC1000 said
nah its cuz they confused

cuz they actually cheer for the clippers
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 3 weeks ago '05        #15
TheChief 
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 DUCEDUCE said
If Lakers fans hate the clippers then why go to their games?
Obviously just for the games against the Lakers

 3 weeks ago '19        #16
aaf192020  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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Clippers don't even have any accomplishments to speak of...... ever.....in the entire franchise's history this is all could muster up:








That's so embarrassing they don't even hang it in Staples Center!!! They hide em at their practice facility!!! Pitiful!

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 3 weeks ago '16        #17
BMC1000  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8 OP
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 aaf192020 said
Clippers don't even have any accomplishments to speak of...... ever.....in the entire franchise's history this is all could muster up:








That's so embarrassing they don't even hang it in Staples Center!!! They hide em at their practice facility!!! Pitiful!



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 3 weeks ago '16        #18
BMC1000  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8 OP
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 TheChief said
Obviously just for the games against the Lakers
nah

its a lot of laker fans with Clipper season tickets
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 3 weeks ago '16        #19
BMC1000  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8 OP
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“I have been surprised by animus from Lakers fans, and my message has sort of been, why, you don’t have enough confidence in your guys?” he said. “There are 29 other teams you have to beat to win a championship, but you must be pretty worried about us. The Lakers are a great organization, a great franchise, but Laker fans, you must be a little worried about us.” - Steve Ballmer



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 3 weeks ago '16        #20
BXoldestgoon  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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Best chance to be a threat was when them bums choked through the 2010’s while the Lakers was down bad. Then get Kawhi and choked even worse than ever. fu*k the Clippers mfs watched us raise another banner.

 3 weeks ago '19        #21
aaf192020  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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 BMC1000 said



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 3 weeks ago '16        #22
BMC1000  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8 OP
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 aaf192020 said



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 3 weeks ago '16        #23
BMC1000  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8 OP
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flaker fans done got triggered



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 3 weeks ago '19        #24
aaf192020  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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 BMC1000 said



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 3 weeks ago '05        #25
R0R0 
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Clips trash always has. Been always will be
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