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Jerry West’s honest assessment of Clippers owner Steve Ballmer

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The Los Angeles Clippers have made a resurgence as an NBA contender following the end of the Lob City era. The two men at the center of it all are team owner Steve Ballmer and executive Jerry West.

West has worked close-hand with Ballmer over the years. The logo had nothing but admiration for the Clippers owner, who bought the team back in 2014 amid the drama with past owner David Sterling.

Via NBA Columnist for Forbes Steve Young:

“His enthusiasm is real. There’s not one fake thing in him. There’s not. I admire him a lot. He’s just a unique man. It’s been fun to be involved with him. It’s been fun to see the progress this franchise has made. More importantly, this is the ultimate gift to his team and the city of Inglewood.”

Steve Ballmer has been a staple (heh) at Staples Center over the years. The Clippers owner has been an animated figure from his signature spot from under the basket, reacting with a childlike enthusiasm to his teams successes on the basketball court.

Ballmer recently spoke out about his aspirations for the club as they broke ground on the Clippers’ future home arena the Intuit Dome.

“We come in every year looking for a title!” Ballmer shared on his Clippers. “That’s what we do. We’re coming in this year looking for a title. Obviously not having arguably one of our two best players, that hurts. We’ll see when we get Kawhi back. But you think through a three-year stretch, we got all of these guys under contract for this year and next year. I think it gives us a lot of opportunity to compete.”

With a billionaire like Steve Ballmer saying those words, you just know he’ll do everything in his power to make that into reality.