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Actual news out of Steve Ballmer scream fest, er, rally: Clippers staying put, no name change planned

Aug 18, 2014, 7:59 PM EDT

Amid all the bluster — oh, and there was blizzard of bluster, with Steve Ballmer acting like a hype man — there were some actual bits of news out of the Ballmer scream fest Monday. Or to be more accurate, some reaffirmation of things we already knew.

Ballmer got up in front of the fans, and later in a press conference with the media and said a few things of note, as reported by Arash Markazi of ESPN and Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times.

First things first — for the millionth time he is not moving the Clippers out of Los Angeles to Seattle.

Also, there are no plans to change the Clipper name (which fits in Los Angeles, where there are tall ships and great sailing communities).

As for management style, Ballmer said several times his goal was to let the basketball people — meaning Doc Rivers to start — will make the basketball decisions. His goal is to have good staff and support them in doing their jobs, not to tell them how to do it.

That last part is huge. If you look at the consistently strong organizations in the NBA and pro sports in general that’s how they are run. How often do you see Peter Holt telling Gregg Popovich what to do? Hire good people and let them do what they do.

Along those lines, Ballmer said he would talk extension with Rivers but that was not going to be rushed.

As I have said before, Ballmer may have come off at this rally like a hype man, but the fact is that after the energy drain of Donald Sterling the whirlwind and optimism of Ballmer is going to be a huge boost for the franchise. It’s a good day to be a Clippers fan.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    No name chance planned?! What kind of Name Chancing Ceremony is this?

  2. fearthehoody - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Lakers who?? Clipps run LA 4 years and counting….

    • kobeoverlebron - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      lmao… ^^ you must be kidding clippers dont run anytyhing but there mouths alot like you

  3. seattlesuperchronic - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Rivers needs to tone the hyperbole down.

  4. asimonetti88 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    “No plans to change the Clippers name – Ballmer sees that brand as one of the hottest in the NBA”

    Probably because he’s from out of town. He’s either talking loud with no evidence (which wouldn’t be out of character for him based on his Microsoft days) or they must be more popular out of town than they are in town.

    • fm31970 - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      It’s kind of interesting that both L.A. teams having nothing much beyond their nicknames and wordmarks to market. Neither has a distinct logo, mascot, not other defining characteristic which ties them to their specific location, so I see this as a bit of a missed opportunity. I’m sure the “Clippers” name is far more recognizable now than five years ago, so I don’t doubt the brand is selling well, but when’s the last time a clipper ship set sail from the Port of Los Angeles? It wasn’t even that great a nickname when they were in San Diego, so hopefully they can do something similar to what the Warriors did a few years ago with their rebranding.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:35 AM

        “when’s the last time a clipper ship set sail from the Port of Los Angeles?”

        Well, I mean… when was the last time a clipper ship set sail from anywhere?

    • bkbell3 - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Hottest second round knock-out name in the game.lol

  5. 1harrypairatesties - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    No name chance planed????! Are 7th graders writing these articles?! Oh man…

    • xmen1906 - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      Have you seen 7th grade class work lately. This definitely 11th grade level

  6. whitwarren - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:07 PM

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