Ballmer wants the Clippers to do away with iPads and other Apple products.
During an interview with Mary Milliken and Eric Kelsey of Reuters, Los Angeles Clippers owner and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stated that the Clippers will ditch iPads, as he doesn’t want the franchise using any Apple products.
Ballmer left the board of Microsoft last month but is still the largest individual shareholder, with about 4 percent of the company worth $15.7 billion.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the Clippers will be a Microsoft organization. The son of a Ford Motor Co manager, he’s always been a company and product loyalist, banning his own family from using Apple’s iPhones.
“Most of the Clippers on are Windows, some of the players and coaches are not,” Ballmer said.
“And Doc kind of knows that’s a project. It’s one of the first things he said to me: ‘We are probably going to get rid of these iPads, aren’t we?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, we probably are.’ But I promised we would do it during the off-season.”
Ballmer was the CEO of Microsoft from 2000-2014. Although his ties with the corporation may be severed, he still remains loyal and wants wholesale technological changes within the Clipper franchise.
Steve Ballmer officially became the Clippers owner on August 12th, after his bid of $2 billion was approved by the NBA.