Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer Goes Full Ballmer While Cheering Team in Preseason

Steve Ballmer is an unabashed crazy person, and I mean that in the most complimentary sense. 

The Los Angeles Clippers owner assumed his role of lead screamer during Wednesday night’s preseason game against the Phoenix Suns. To say he was turned up would not do it justice, as he spent the majority of the game roaring and resisting the urge to run onto the court for high fives.

Vine user Snurf (h/t John Ferensen of Next Impulse Sports) uploaded video of Ballmer’s red-faced howling. This is what it looks like right before someone’s head explodes: 

It bears repeating that this was a preseason game. Where most owners would yawn through these glorified scrimmages, Ballmer screamed like he was flying a Harrier into the maw of the mothership.

So consider the tone good and set for the Clippers’ 2014-15 season. It started with his wild exhibition during the Clippers Fan Festival in September, wherein the former Microsoft CEO walked out of the tunnel to “Lose Yourself” and screamed “Boom, baby!” to the crowd.

This is just the beginning, Clippers fans. If your players can muster a quarter of Ballmer’s craziness, it’s going to be an interesting season.

 

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Griffin and Paul lead Clippers over Suns 108-105 (Yahoo Sports)

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 22: The Los Angeles Clippers huddle during a game against the Phoenix Suns on October 22, 2014 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers new owner Steve Ballmer attended his first home game Wednesday night at Staples Center and the Clippers broke out of their preseason funk with a 108-105 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday night.


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Clippers vs. Suns: Live Score and Highlights from 2014 NBA Preseason

The Suns led the Clippers 61-58 at the half.

 

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The Los Angeles Clippers’ Biggest Red Flags Entering This Season

Despite the praise the Los Angeles Clippers received this summer, there are plenty of red flags. Some glaring issues have been problems for years and seem to have gone unsolved again, mainly due to salary-cap limitations.

Offensively, the team should once again challenge for the lead league in points per game. With players such as Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford, there will not be a lack of scoring options. However, depth concerns behind Paul and at small forward are warranted.

Defensively, the Clippers looked improved late in the regular season last year. Unfortunately, the defense was a big concern in the playoffs and gave up multiple leads to the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder. The defense has been a concern during the preseason and is in question again.

If the Clippers want to advance out of the second round of the playoffs, these five red flags need to be addressed first.

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Ezeli returns as Warriors beat Clippers 125-107 (Yahoo Sports)

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 21: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors shoots a layup against Spencer Hawes #10 of the Los Angeles Clippers on October 21, 2014 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Festus Ezeli got the best birthday present he could imagine: playing in an NBA game.


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5 Bold Predictions for the Los Angeles Clippers During 2014-15 Season

It’s time for the Los Angeles Clippers to go about the business of winning beyond the regular season, so this crop of bold predictions is centered around those aspirations.

Everything the Clips do from training camp through the postseason is focused on obtaining the Larry O’Brien Trophy. 

Head coach and President of Basketball Operations Doc Rivers articulated as much when he agreed to a contract extension through the end of the 2018-19 season. 

“I am motivated by the challenge and thankful for the opportunity to stand together with [Clippers owner Steve Ballmer] as we continue to move toward our goal of winning an NBA title,” he stated. 

It’s no secret the Clippers are built to win now. With bona fide superstars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin leading the charge in their second year under a coach with winning experience, they have the talent assembled to reach their goals. 

With that in mind, here’s what will develop in Los Angeles this season. 

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Warriors vs. Clippers: Live Score and Highlights from 2014 NBA Preseason

The Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors are clashing for the second time this preseason Tuesday evening. 

You can catch all the action on TNT. 

Keep it locked here on Bleacher Report throughout the night for real-time updates, highlights and analysis of all things Clippers-Warriors. 

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Faried helps Nuggets beat Clippers 104-93 (Yahoo Sports)

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 18: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers handles the basketball during a game against the Denver Nuggets on October 18, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kenneth Faried had 19 and seven rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 104-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in a preseason game Saturday night.


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Faried helps Nuggets beat Clippers 104-93

Faried scores 19 points to lead Nuggets to 104-93 win over Clippers

      
 

 

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Los Angeles Clippers season preview: Player projections

We have hit the middle of our three part preview of the 2014-2015 Los Angeles Clippers, check out the Part 1 if you have not already. The question we are faced with now is how much better can this year’s Clippers team be in this incredibly deep Western Conference. The answer to that question is going to be the function of two things. How much better did this Clippers team get over the offseason? And how much better, if any, did the top tier of the Western Conference get this offseason?
DeAndre jordan and Blake Griffin during the national anthem previous to the Clippers preseason opener vs the Warriors.(photi credit Getty Images)
Okay, so part 1 of our preview handled the personal changes the Clippers made, but from a logistical and tactical standpoint the Clippers have to do a few things differently this season if they hope to crack the top two in the West and truly contend for a championship.
Offensive projections:
Nothing is changing, expect a lot of dunks, a lot of Blake Griffin and DeAndre in the post,

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