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Ballmer takes his endless energy and screaming fits to LA

Steve Ballmer is a larger than life character, and his love for Microsoft was limitless during his time with the company (especially so during his tenure as CEO). However, Steve Ballmer stepped aside earlier this year to make way for Satya Nadella to take over the helm of Microsoft.
Since that time, Ballmer engaged in a battle to secure ownership of the LA Clippers; he won that battle last week. Now as the owner of the LA Clippers, Ballmer doesn’t want to spread himself to thin and is looking to shift gears as he embarks on a new phase of his life.
“I bleed Microsoft — have for 34 years and I always will,” proclaimed Ballmer in a letter to Nadella.
Ballmer goes on to state that his new duties just wouldn’t allow him the time required to stay on as a Microsoft board member. “In the six months since leaving, I have become very busy,” Ballmer added. “I see a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time.”

Hey, we can dream, right? 

“The fall will be hectic between teaching a new class and the start of the NBA season so my departure from the board is effective immediately.”
But don’t think for a moment that Ballmer is washing his hands completely of all things related to Microsoft. He noted that he still owns a boatload of Microsoft stock, and that he will “continue holding that position for the foreseeable future.”
For his part, current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella thanked Ballmer for this many years of service, and even managed to get in a plug for the company’s “mobile-first, cloud-first” initiative.
“While your insights and leadership will be greatly missed as part of the board, I understand and support your decision,” said a gracious Nadella. “As you embark on your new journey, I am sure that you will bring the same boldness, passion and impact to your new endeavors that you brought to Microsoft, and we wish you incredible success. I also look forward to partnering with you as a shareholder.”
As a high-profile NBA team owner, we hope to see more of the “true” Ballmer shine through in the coming months and years.

Source: Microsoft

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As a Hoosier
By coburn_c on 8/19/2014 5:02:39 PM , Rating: 5
I would be interested in seeing if Ballmer can throw a chair farther than Bobby Knight.

RE: As a Hoosier
By Brandon Hill on 8/19/2014 5:10:55 PM , Rating: 3
I put my money on Ballmer.

RE: As a Hoosier
By coburn_c on 8/19/14, Rating: -1
RE: As a Hoosier
By Brandon Hill on 8/19/2014 5:16:05 PM , Rating: 3
R. Lee Ermey > Bobby Knight :)

RE: As a Hoosier
By retrospooty on 8/19/2014 5:28:40 PM , Rating: 3
I can see it now... "Break out the bananas and deodorant... We're about to have ourselves a monkey dance" /Ermey

RE: As a Hoosier
By Argon18 on 8/19/2014 5:29:40 PM , Rating: 1
x2, for a pudgy dude, he's got a lot of energy. He's very Chris Farleyesque.

RE: As a Hoosier
By retrospooty on 8/19/2014 5:35:33 PM , Rating: 3
I just cant wait for the court side antics... We all saw how excited he got over a company meeting. I cant wait to see how he gets over a close game, especially if they start playing well and get into the post season. Imagine this guy winning the championship. He may literally explode on the spot. LOL.

RE: As a Hoosier
By Drafter on 8/20/2014 3:19:15 PM , Rating: 2
Knight was a coach, Ballmer is an owner. Ballmer will watch the game from his luxury box looking like a rich guy. You'll know he's worked up when his arm pits begin saturating his shirt.

RE: As a Hoosier
By Jeffk464 on 8/20/2014 10:00:36 PM , Rating: 2
Well I guess he found a place where his over the top personality fits.

Seattle dream
By ATC on 8/19/2014 10:27:55 PM , Rating: 2
I know financially it doesn't make much sense but I'm hoping/dreaming a few years from now Steve decides to move the team to Seattle.

RE: Seattle dream
By stm1185 on 8/19/2014 11:32:03 PM , Rating: 2
Well seeing how he spent 2B on a team not even worth 750M, financially making sense doesn't seem to be a problem for Steve.

RE: Seattle dream
By wordsworm on 8/21/2014 4:00:45 AM , Rating: 2
Money isn't everything. Looks like he wants to retire and the Clippers will be a hobby. I wouldn't mind getting my hands on the Canadiens and turning them back into a great team. The only thing basketball has going for it is cheerleaders. That's a pretty big thing, though. :)

Centers Centers Centers
By DiscoWade on 8/19/2014 6:26:57 PM , Rating: 4
When asked what is the best way to win in the NBA, Steve Ballmer said "Centers Centers Centers" while pacing back and forth.

By GotThumbs on 8/19/2014 8:23:33 PM , Rating: 3
nuff said.

By tonyswash on 8/20/14, Rating: 0
Here is is again for folks who missed it.
By peterrushkin on 8/20/14, Rating: -1
RE: Here is is again for folks who missed it.
By amanojaku on 8/20/2014 11:38:09 AM , Rating: 2
Well, they can't all be perfect like Apple...
The MobileMe launch clearly demonstrates that we have more to learn about Internet services.

"This does indeed have a big impact on how I see Apple quality, especially should they choose not to repair the flawed units at their cost. It would mean that buying an Apple no longer meant paying extra for quality and dedication to customer satisfaction. It would simply mean you're paying more for the badge just because you're stupid."

RE: Here is is again for folks who missed it.
By tonyswash on 8/20/14, Rating: -1
RE: Here is is again for folks who missed it.
By amanojaku on 8/20/2014 12:44:50 PM , Rating: 2
A survey of one country, and it only manages to win by 4 points out of 1000?

Ironically, that article links to this one, where Samsung is beating Apple in customer satisfaction. And mine was updated in MAY, so NYAH NYAH!!!

Mobile Last - Cloud Fail
By peterrushkin on 8/19/14, Rating: -1
RE: Mobile Last - Cloud Fail
By fteoath64 on 8/20/2014 5:50:59 AM , Rating: 1
As with many huge companies like MS, the CEO can deny that for a long time promising, promising and not delivering until share prices start to dip drastically. It will happen in time unless the ship scores some decent wins in the market on mobile or cloud. The strategy is really conflicting, which is actually first. Both cannot be first it contradicts!.

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