High-Energy Ballmer Wows at Clippers Rally

During an hourlong event that featured appearances by Coach Doc Rivers, eight Clippers players and even Mayor Eric Garcetti, (Clippers owner Steve) Ballmer stole the show with a boldness that included everything from a guaranteed victory to a gratuitous shot at the Lakers.

In all, it was perhaps the most bizarre yet appropriate introduction for an owner in this town’s history. The players seated on the stage, including stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, looked as bemused as inspired. The post-rally buzz from Lakers fans was typically negative, with Ballmer’s rant being compared to those of the late Chris Farley’s Matt Foley character from “Saturday Night Live.”

via Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times