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The Los Angeles Clippers’ new owner’s Detroit connections

The Gentleman who's purchasing the Los Angeles Clippers (from that weird nutbag) has Detroit ties...

And Paul happened to remember that Ballmer and SUN Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy (who now works for a social media company called Wayin) happened to engage in a press conference a full decade ago, announcing a business partnership which also revealed that both men are quite proud to be Detroit Red Wings fans:

Transcript of Press Conference
Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft
Scott McNealy, Chairman and CEO, Sun Microsystems
April 2, 2004
San Francisco, California

ANDY LARK: Thanks for joining us this morning. My name is Andy Lark. I run the communications at Sun. We've got obviously Scott McNealy and Steve Ballmer here with us here this morning. We're going to --

SCOTT MCNEALY: I'm Scott, that's Steve. (Laughter.)

ANDY LARK: Yes, in case you don't know.

(Logistics discussion)

So with that, why don't I hand it over to you, Scott?

SCOTT MCNEALY: All right, thanks. I appreciate you all being here. I'm sorry about the Friday morning thing, but it just happened about 4:15 this morning.

I know a lot of you think this is kind of here, he and I are up here. Most people don't realize that actually Steve and I went to high school at crosstown high schools in Michigan. We went to Harvard together. We actually were at the Stanford Business School at the same time. And now we've been actually pretty good friends for a long, long period of time. We've had, you know, some rocky moments -- (laughter) -- I don't know, was it something I said, Steve? (Laughter.)

But, anyhow, we have entered into a pretty interesting relationship, and we couldn't think of any other way to make a stronger statement to you all about how serious we are about this partnership other than to -- as we head into playoff time -- exchange gifts as long-time Motown Red Wing fans. So what I'm going to do here is I've got a signed Nicklas Lidstrom Red Wing jersey that I am going to present to my good buddy Steve Ballmer. There you go.

STEVE BALLMER: Wow. (Applause.)

SCOTT MCNEALY: See, it's signed, the whole deal.

STEVE BALLMER: Well, funny you should mention it, because I happen to have right here a jersey that Stevie Yzerman, co-captain of the Detroit Red Wings, our hometown, wore in the playoffs last year for Scott.

SCOTT MCNEALY: Game-worn, huh?


SCOTT MCNEALY: Pretty cool. Let's hold yours up.

STEVE BALLMER: There we go.

SCOTT MCNEALY: There you go, huh? They're going to love this.

STEVE BALLMER: Friendship and partnership starts on the ice. (Laughter.)

The transcript continues, but the important part's been covered. Small world.

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Nathan's avatar

Larry Tech alum, never knew that.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 05/30/14 at 08:48 AM ET

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