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  • So Steve Bomber, one of the most enthusiastic team owners you will ever see in any sport on any sideline.

  • We got the chance to sit down to talk about how he got that way.

  • The Clippers experience in the bubble and the difficulty of parting ways with Doc Rivers.

  • We also talked about the Clippers new arena.

  • Here's our full conversation.

  • Steve Balmer.

  • A road of going to a championship, is hard as a pair and as a duo, and it has to start with us ready to dive right into this and give everything I have.

  • This is going to be unprecedented season.

  • What does it feel like to you to be starting up again?

  • I'll tell you the craziest thing.

  • I went to our first pre season game.

  • I sat in the head of Rita, your usedto, you know, 19,000 strong pumping and thumping.

  • And I was sitting e don't know 15 20 ft from the court by my myself, kind of lonely in that little place.

  • It just feels crazy to be in there.

  • And of course you got to think about the disease.

  • But the experience, I think, will be a little crazier.

  • Maybe even than than the bubble because the arenas air so much bigger.

  • We are used to seeing you as one of the most demonstrative owners in the league.

  • You're on the sidelines.

  • Last year during the season opener, you cheered so much you actually tour a hole in your shirt, which was amazing.

  • Um, I was fascinated to learn, though, that this wasn't always your personality.

  • I read an article talking about how used to hyperventilate before Hebrew school because the idea of speaking aloud in front of the whole class was so you were so shy.

  • It was so off putting to you.

  • How did you get from there to here?

  • It's a really good question.

  • I was super shy.

  • Is a super shy as a kid.

  • When I took my first job, Guy started the same day.

  • He described it this way.

  • Hi, I'm Steve Balmer in my hands, all sweaty.

  • I'm good to meet you.

  • Um, business school, that was That was me Business school.

  • I remember the first time I talked into business school class.

  • It was could barely get the words out.

  • And but once I sort of build my moment, um, get comfortable and I would say it was even the same way When about the Clippers, I wasn't gonna just, you know, I could be enthusiastic that that's fine.

  • But, you know, I had to learn my rhythm with the players.

  • I had to learn my rhythm with the coaching staff.

  • They all flow pretty freely now, But, yeah, I was a little shy and start that to Rachel.

  • It's been such a short off season.

  • The bubble is very fresh.

  • Patrick Beverley had a quote the other day.

  • He said, Everyone around here is pissed off, which is good.

  • Do you get that same sense?

  • Yeah.

  • I mean, look, nobody liked the way our season ended.

  • Nobody did.

  • There's no antidote.

  • Just being randomly angry doesn't do anything.

  • It's crazy.

  • I think there's a variety of ways people deal with adversity.

  • One is Thio.

  • Go put your head in the sand and deny one is toe.

  • You know, get timid.

  • That's not our guys.

  • I think our guys say Okay, we're not happy, but we're all about getting better.

  • How do we get better?

  • How do we get better?

  • How do we get better?

  • You didn't experience what happened in the bubble from afar.

  • You were down in Orlando for weeks and weeks at a time leading up to that Game seven in the second round.

  • What did it feel like for you to be sitting in the building and watching those last minutes tick off the clock?

  • I missed not one minute of anything in the bubble until the last 40 seconds, and I just couldn't stand.

  • E got 40 seconds, e believe.

  • Did you leave the into the concourse?

  • 40 seconds.

  • I laughed, and then I saw the crock ease and I went over and congratulated them and the game ended.

  • Coaches are the fall guy, and sometimes it's not warranted.

  • Steve Balmer decided.

  • We need a fresh start and look, that's a brave, bold move.

  • Paul, George and the Clippers have agreed to add four years to his contract.

  • Last season, didn't end the playoffs, didn't go the way they wanted them to go.

  • And certainly there's a lot on Kawhi Leonard and Paul George with the new head coach in Thailand to get this figured out.

  • I'm interested, especially your approach to this, because you come from the tech world, you help build Microsoft.

  • How did that experience affect the way you approach to the N B.

  • A team, especially this offseason.

  • In the tech world, you have version updates.

  • Okay, what's a version update?

  • Well, we could do a major upgrade in the summer on.

  • We could do a minor upgraded to trade that line.

  • You know, you think about things in a little bit different perspective.

  • Um, sports is more final, you know, Attack.

  • You could say, Well, improve the product.

  • Next for lease.

  • Oh, no.

  • Every 24 seconds.

  • You know how you understand?

  • You know, every game, every season and there's no hey, I'll make it up in the future.

  • It's all even more accountable.

  • Doc Rivers have been with the team since you bought it.

  • And really a key point of contact for you.

  • How hard was it to decide you guys should part ways?

  • It was very hard.

  • I mean, Doc, I would call my mentor.

  • I'm the league E.

  • I don't know what it's like for most people when they first come in and as governors, and but I didn't know what I was doing.

  • I learned more from Doc did from anybody else, and I really appreciate his mentorship, but Yeah, it was time.

  • It was time to try.

  • Try something a little bit different.

  • And I respect Doc Itan.

  • I like Doc Itan.

  • I learned Aton.

  • And except when the Clippers play the 76 years, I wish it will have a look.

  • You're also trying to improve the team by building a new arena.

  • Why is it so important to you that you have your own place?

  • We need our own home.

  • I mean, this is a crazy place, you know, People who spend time in L.

  • A Fine.

  • I grew up in Detroit.

  • In Seattle.

  • There was one Pistons.

  • There was one SuperSonics.

  • There was no contention to be the basketball team in town.

  • Well, here there is.

  • We need our home, our identity, our personality.

  • And I will say you didn't ask the state or city for money.

  • You guys are spending the money for this.

  • Do you feel it's gonna fundamentally change who the Clippers are in Los Angeles?

  • I think it takes a lot of things for us to fundamentally change who we are.

  • E mean, any one thing.

  • I think it will be another significant milestone, but we've gotta win.

  • I mean, the Arena two.

  • But people want, you know, it's winners that transformed the legacy of the team.

  • What the team really stands for, and it will be a step.

  • But the big step.

  • We'll be getting our hands on one of those pretty little trophies.

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So Steve Bomber, one of the most enthusiastic team owners you will ever see in any sport on any sideline.

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