Photo above: Clippers forward Blake Griffin about to shoot his second free throw in the final moments of Game Five of the Western Conference Semi-Final series. The Oklahoma City Thunder went on to win the game and the series.
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Today Clippers fans get the chance to welcome the new team owner, Steve Ballmer, to the NBA at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Appearing with the former Microsoft CEO will be Head Coach Doc Rivers, as well as players Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and others. It’s a big day for the fans and team who were shocked this past spring when former owner Donald Sterling was caught on recordings making extremely racist comments while his team was in the midst of the Playoffs.
The NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life and ordered the team sold to someone else before the start of this next season. Mission accomplished. Steve Ballmer is a welcome relief after the dark cloud cast on the team by the previous owner.
Ballmer has vowed to put all the resources needed into bringing another NBA championship to Los Angeles, but this time with the colors of Clippers on the championship banner.
Last season the Clippers came very close to making the Western Conference Finals, but lost Game 5 of the semi-finals to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the final two minutes of the game. This year the Clippers expect to be in the NBA Finals and new owner Steve Ballmer has committed himself and his resources to make it happen.
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Doors open at the Staples Center at noon and the festivities start at 12:30. The first 2,500 fans will receive a “We Are Clipper Nation” t-shirt. Fans unable to attend can watch a live stream of the event on Clippers.com
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Photos from the celebration and the press conference that followed.
The front of the Staples Center.
Head Coach Doc Rivers with new Clippers owner Steve Ballmer.
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