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What's $2 billion to Steve Ballmer?

Why are the "experts" so puzzled by former Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer's $2-billion offer for the Los Angeles Clippers? ("Experts puzzle over $2-billion bid for Clippers," May 31) It does not make financial sense, they argue. But is profit the only logical explanation? It would seem so since even his supporters defend his decision purely in economic terms, claiming it is a farsighted financial investment. But what about emotional sense? Clearly, he sees his offer as an opportunity to create a new kind of community and to live out his biggest and boldest dream. After all, what is money for? Is not its highest goal to free us from its chains, from the tyranny...

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