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Potential new Clippers’ logos for a Steve Ballmer world

Aug 16, 2014, 7:00 PM EST

It’s a new day for the Clippers — the energy sucker that was Donald Sterling is gone and the exuberant, high energy of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is in. This is great for the Clippers because they have an owner that spends, wants to win and cares. He will fit in great in Los Angeles.

But in the tech world this has caused some snickers. Ballmer’s stage presence at Microsoft events was described this way at Dice.com: “Leaping inelegantly on any stage he graces, part nightmarish leprechaun and part psychotic wildebeest, Ballmer is comic, tragic, comic and, finally, simply terrifying.” Ballmer is not exactly loved in that world.

Now he’s the guy in charge of the Clippers. Microsoft has had some branding and image issues, that led the readers at Gizmodo to come up with some pretty funny potential new Ballmer-friendly Clippers logos. We’re passing a few along.

The top one was my favorite, it actually did laugh out loud.

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  1. stadix093 - Aug 16, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Zunes and Clippers are about equally as successful.

  2. charlescub80 - Aug 16, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Right now the LA team that looks like “Zune” is the Lakers. Total disfunction!

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      Lakers homers just stick their heads in the sand and pretend the Lakers don’t suck…

      • stadix093 - Aug 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM

        No we don’t. I know the Lakers will be terrible for a bit. Just having some fun, Clipper fans really are overly sensitive like little brothers. It’s sports man! Don’t take it so serious, you’ll enjoy it more.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 16, 2014 at 9:09 PM

        I’m a Bulls fan, born and raised outside Chicago.

        I just like to tease the Lakers and Knicks homers is all…

    • kcortezz21 - Aug 16, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      Sad how the Clippers can’t even get past the Western Conference Semi-Finals with a stacked team. Lob City? Nah more like Choke City.

  3. norvturnersneck - Aug 16, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Slow day in basketball

  4. Kevin S. - Aug 16, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Heh, my favorite one (not shown here) was the new logo being the stupid Office paper clip.

    • spursareold - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      Ironically named ‘Clippy’…

  5. adoombray - Aug 16, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    his presentations were widely mocked. he ran ms nearly into the ground. was a terrible boss to work for. good luck with that

  6. cbking05 - Aug 16, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Well at least he’s not racist

    • mutasian - Aug 16, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      sterling is not a racist.

      • cbking05 - Aug 16, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        Of course not …. who would even think that?

      • eugenesaxe1 - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:37 PM

        Come on out Donald, we know it’s you.

  7. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 16, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Ballmer really should rebrand the Clippers. Something like 2% of the fans and 0% of the players know what a Clipper is and the team has been a joke for over 30 years.

    New colors, new name, new logo to go along with the new star players and new division banner.

  8. carp0056 - Aug 16, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Donald got robbed of his team. Free country my rear.

  9. mutasian - Aug 16, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    these lamers…

  10. haaaaasoooooo - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    It’s weird to say this, but, if Ballmer markets this right, the Staples center rivalry could become a great one! It’s the clips time!

  11. seattlesuperchronic - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    stadix09 gets it. Relax and enjoy.

  12. beach305 - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Ballmer’s success in life was being Bill Gates’s friend. The guy is a very very bad manager.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      He managed to become rich enough to drop 2bil to buy a sports team, no arena included. He can’t be that bad.

  13. cdkeli - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Witness this know-nothing clown Balmer destroy this racist basketball franchise in shorter time than he did in destroying the most successful company in American history!!

  14. cdkeli - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Only an utter moron like Bummer would fork out 2B for a stupid basketball team. Clear evidence that Bummer never understood tech and now he’s taken fork towards a game populated by stomping, clumsy post-adolescent giants whining about their baby-mamas and Ferrari’s compensating for tiny genitalia,,,perhaps Balmer has a chance.

  15. ufools - Aug 17, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Finally, the Clips have their own Zune-master!!

  16. elecblues - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    I just have a feeling in the near future Ballmer will move the clippers to Seattle. Who knows, it might happen.

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      No. You don’t spend $2 billion on something then make a move that cuts its value in half.

  17. jerdogthompson - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    I’m curious where my gang of pet trolls are hiding, whats the matter? Cat got your tongue? A new owner is in place and look, its before the end of August. I suspect you have started anew under yet another screen name. Pathetic, just pathetic……….

    #InDocwetrust

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