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Doc Rivers jokes he wants Steve Ballmer to get pregame introduction

Doc Rivers jokes he wants Steve Ballmer to get pregame introduction
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers with team owner Steve Ballmer. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Clippers Coach Doc Rivers is rejoicing over the fact that Steve Ballmer is the team's new owner. He even went as far as to joke that Ballmer should be a part of the team's pregame routine.

"We're just going to introduce him at every game," Rivers said. "We're going to do the starting five, and then say, 'And at owner...' so he can run out and give high-fives. I think it will be great."

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The Clippers' former owner, Donald Sterling, wasn't exactly a positive presence at games. He even heckled his own players from his seat.

Rivers envisions Ballmer as having a completely different energy.

"I hope he's a fan at the games, just like everyone else," Rivers said. "That's what you want him to be. You want him to be into the games, and I think he will be."

It seems as though Ballmer is already trying to separate himself from Sterling, even in the smallest of details.

Sterling would often sit courtside, midcourt. Ballmer apparently told Blake Griffin that he wants to sit courtside, baseline.

"That will be cool having him close to the bench, and kind of feeding off his energy," Griffin said.

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