Larry Brown Sports- The Los Angeles Clippers are free to do what they want with the Staples Center now that they have begun their playoff run and the Los Angeles Lakers are no longer playing, and Steve Ballmer is taking full advantage.
The Clippers hosted the San Antonio Spurs for Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series on Sunday night. Ballmer, who purchased the team for $2 billion last year, decided to make himself at home before and after the game by expanding his personal real estate.
I wrote earlier today how I loved theRaptors General Manager cursing during the team pep rally. Well if that's the way to be a new school general manager then this is the how you are supposed to be a new school owner. Dress like an old white man. Dance like an old white man. Take over other people's territory like an old white man. My, how the mighty have fallen. Sure, the Lakers still have all the tradition. Countless legendary players. An entire side of the rafters filled with championship banners. However, that's all in the past. Steve Ballmer has got his feet kicked up in the Laker's locker room, undoubtedly drinking soda out of a straw, with "I Don't Fuck With You" blasting in the background. Just delivering an absolute fatality to the Lakers reputation.
Don't get me wrong, the Lakers are still the most popular in Los Angeles, but that's really all they have going for them. Talk about the roles being reversed. The Lakers are unwatchable. Short of Golden State, the Clippers are the most entertaining team in the league. The Lakers front office is in shambles while Coach Byron Scott publicly ridicules his players. The Clippers somehow transitioned from an absolute bigot of an owner to an entertaining billionaire in a matter of months, and are led by one of the most respected coaches in basketball. If Ballmer turning the sanctity of the Lakers locker room into his own personal cocktail lounge doesn't signal the end of the Lakers' aura of invincibility then I don't know what will. Wouldn't even be surprised if he carves "Ballmer wuz here" into one of the lockers. Maybe spray paint a "Clipperz Rule" over the team logo. Why not leave an arm sling in Kobe's locker, or steal a pair of Nick Young's shoes. Ballmer, and more so the Clippers, have taken over LA, and no one can tell them differently. Imagine how you would act if you were a die hard fan with all the money and authority in the world. That's exactly what Ballmer is. How boss is it to share a building with one of the most successful franchises in sports history and wash away any evidence of their existence during your playoff run? Infinity boss. Somebody get the Buss family a sanitary wipe, because Steve Ballmer's balls are all over their drum set. Hope the Lakers enjoy the bottom bunk. Seems they may be there for awhile.