It looks like the Clippers will go quickly. Published reports says Steve Ballmer, who recently left as CEO of Microsoft after seeing the writing on the wall, will pay $2,000,000,000. That’s an impressive number. Now I understand why Windows costs so much.
Donald Sterling, disgraced current owner, gets to laugh all the way to the bank. The value of his team seems to have doubled over the past few weeks. He can buy new friends.
The NBA gets another schmuck as an owner. I see Ballmer behind Microsoft’s failure to innovate over the past few years. Even worse, his mean spirited imprint is on most everything Microsoft has done recently.
But let me allow Steve to speak for himself. On the iPhone:
“There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.”
Of Google’s Eric Schmidt:
“F**king Eric Schmidt is a f**king pussy. I’m going to f**king bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I’m going to f**king kill Google.”
On Apple’s Macbooks:
“Apple gained about one point, but now I think the tide has really turned back the other direction.”
And, on business in general:
“That doesn’t mean nobody else ever thought about it, but ‘How do you make money?’ was what I got hired to do. I’ve always thought that way.”
After a friend posted this sale on Twitter, I replied, “Until Sterling, he was my most despised CEO.”
Good luck to all of us.