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Aug 18, 2014 5:13 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Steve Ballmer debuts as LA Clippers owner

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Steve Ballmer has introduced himself to Los Angeles Clippers fans at a rally celebrating his new ownership of the NBA team.

The former Microsoft CEO made his way through the crowd inside Staples Center, exchanging high-fives and clapping furiously as he took the stage Monday.

Ballmer paid a record $2 billion for the team in a sale that was confirmed by a judge last week. The name of disgraced owner Donald Sterling, who controlled the team for 33 years, was never uttered during the rally.

Ballmer assured the crowd that he has no plans to move the team to Seattle, where he lives.

He shouted until he was nearly hoarse, prowled the stage and gestured to make his points in the enthusiastic style he was known for at Microsoft.

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