The question he took was from a fan who has been a season ticket holder since 1988. Sitting in Section 119, the fan had sat through losing season after losing season in his 26 years, so the inquiry made sense. "As a 26-year season ticket holder, what kinds of changes can fans expect to see over the next 26 years?"
Ballmer smiled, and in a rare moment of tranquility, stayed silent. Some fans began to scream out, "Larry!" a reference to the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
Returning to his usual noise level, Ballmer lifted the microphone and yelled, “I’ll boldly say that the
The fan who inspired four "manys" from Ballmer is Michael Marks, who was sitting in the front row of the rally. After it ended, Marks said he had goosebumps when Ballmer was being introduced, and that the entire spectacle was awesome.
"He was like a rock star," Marks said. "I'm surprised he didn't float down from the rafters. He's going to be great for us."
Marks actually met former Clippers owner
Without getting into details, Marks said, "It was not pretty."
"It's just a relief, a total relief, to have somebody with his energy," Marks said. "And obviously the wealth behind him to do what we need helps. He's going to be like the Steinbrenner of basketball for us."
Steinbrenner, the late owner of the
The Clippers have never won a championship, but they've also never had an owner like Steve Ballmer.