Re: The New ( Age ) American Success Story
I don't know if Ballmer has any game, but if I recall correctly, he plays basketball regularly. Even if he's not a star athlete (and again, I have no idea), he's 6-5. ;)
I obviously don't really know what his motivations were in buying the Clippers, but it seems to me like Ballmer's wanted to own a sports team since he was a kid. He was the football manager at Harvard, has been extremely involved with his son's sports, and has been part of groups that tried to bring professional sports team to Seattle in the past. Additionally, he overbid for the Clippers. When I heard he threw down $2 billion, I realized that he had to want a team bad. That kind of number is designed to tell everyone else to back off, and to close the deal quickly. If he's actually gone through the hastle of a bidding war, I bet he would have saved hundreds of millions of dollars. But he evidently didn't care about that; instead, he cared about throwing out a giant number to make sure he didn't let the opportunity pass. Despite the fiscal shrewdness he showed at times as CEO, I find this particular instance of overspending to be pretty consistent with his passionate personality.