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Ballmer’s speech to Clippers fans is just as hilariously insane as you hoped

Updated Aug 18th, 2014 4:52PM EDT
Steve Ballmer Clippers Speech

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“I got five words for ya… I. Love. This. Basketball team, YEEEEAAAAAAH!!!” If that’s the kind of opening pep talk you expected out of former Microsoft CEO and new Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, then you probably won’t be too disappointed with the real thing. In his opening remarks to fans of the NBA team, Ballmer talked about how much he loves Los Angeles and explained why he loved fans for loving the Clippers due to their underdog status compared with the crosstown Lakers.

At one point, Ballmer seemingly got frustrated when the crowd didn’t cheer loudly enough to his satisfaction and prodded them to go as loud as they can.

“THESE GUYS BUST THEIR BUTT FOR YOU, ONE TIME LOUDER!” shouted the ex-Microsoft boss.

When outlining his strategy for the Clippers, Ballmer said that “we’re going to be bold,” which means that “we’re going to take risks.”

“We’re going to be hardcore,” Ballmer went on to say. “Haaaaardcore! Haaaaaaaard-cooooore!… If something knocks us down we’re gonna get back up and we’re gonna keep coming and coming and coming and coming and coming! DO YOU WATCH THESE GUYS??? THAT WAS HARD-CORE!! HARDCORE, BABY!!! Nothing gets in our way! BOOOOM!!”

(We apologize for spamming you with caps lock here, but that’s really the only way to properly express Ballmer’s extreme enthusiasm for his new team.

Be sure to check out the full video below. Ballmer’s speech starts at around the 2-hour, 48-minute mark.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.