Shalom Life | September 26, 2014

Steve Ballmer to the Clippers: No More iPads

The new owner of the Los Angeles NBA team is loyal to Microsoft

By: Daniel Koren

Published: September 25th, 2014 in Sports » Local

The Los Angeles Clippers are looking to start the 2014 NBA season with a fresh start and a clean slate. And now that their former racist Jewish owner Donald Sterling has been replaced with a tech savvy and indiscriminate Jewish owner, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, it looks like a sunny season ahead for the L.A. crew.

Still, you'd think that Ballmer would want to completely rebrand the team and start his tenure as owner on a different note; however, as reported by Reuters, that's actually not the case

"We are born in a funny way, and the guys have all had to live through something not only on the court but off the court together that requires a deeper kind of commitment," he said on Wednesday during a practice game.

Since being named CEO, Ballmer's resigned coach Doc Rivers to five more years with the team, and isn't looking to change the roster either, backed by superstars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

There is one major change he is looking to implement though: no more iPads, no more iPhones, and no more Apple.

While Ballmer is no longer with Microsoft, he's naturally still very loyal to them - which he joined as its 30th employee back in 1980. Spending 34 years with the company (14 of which as CEO), and currently owning 4 percent of its stocks (roughly worth $15.7 billion), it seems Ballmer is looking to continue his devotion to Microsoft as the CEO of the L.A. Clippers.

He's apparently even banned his own family members from using iPhones.

"Most of the Clippers on are Windows, some of the players and coaches are not," Ballmer said to Reuters.

"And Doc kind of knows that’s a project. It's one of the first things he said to me: 'We are probably going to get rid of these iPads, aren’t we?' And I said, 'Yeah, we probably are.' But I promised we would do it during the off season."

Say goodbye to your iPhones and iPads Chris Paul. I'm sure you'll get used to the new Microsoft Surface in no time.

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