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Clippers fan festival welcomes new owner Steve Ballmer

Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is introduced to the crowed during a fan appreciation event at the Staples Center. Ballmer spoke to the fans about the future of the Clippers and stressed the goal of winning an NBA championship.
Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is introduced to the crowed during a fan appreciation event at the Staples Center. Ballmer spoke to the fans about the future of the Clippers and stressed the goal of winning an NBA championship.
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Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is introduced to the crowed during a fan appreciation event at the Staples Center. Ballmer spoke to the fans about the future of the Clippers and stressed the goal of winning an NBA championship.
Los Angeles Clippers fans await the start of the fan appreciation event at the Staples Center featuring the new owner, Steve Ballmer, alongside some team players and the new coach, Doc Rivers.
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Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is introduced to the crowed during a fan appreciation event at the Staples Center. Ballmer spoke to the fans about the future of the Clippers and stressed the goal of winning an NBA championship.
Colton Davis, 17, of Santa Ana, cheers as the new owner, Steve Ballmer, is introduced to to the crowd during a fan appreciation event at Staples Center.
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Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is introduced to the crowed during a fan appreciation event at the Staples Center. Ballmer spoke to the fans about the future of the Clippers and stressed the goal of winning an NBA championship.
Aaron Bickel cheers among Clippers fans during the rally that introduced the new team owner, Steve Ballmer.
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Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is introduced to the crowed during a fan appreciation event at the Staples Center. Ballmer spoke to the fans about the future of the Clippers and stressed the goal of winning an NBA championship.
Clippers fan Alex Garcia, left, and his son, Kevin, 18, wait outside the Staples Center for the start of the rally to introduce the team's new owner, Steve Ballmer.
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Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is introduced to the crowed during a fan appreciation event at the Staples Center. Ballmer spoke to the fans about the future of the Clippers and stressed the goal of winning an NBA championship.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers talks to fans during a fan appreciation rally at the Staples Center.
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Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is introduced to the crowed during a fan appreciation event at the Staples Center. Ballmer spoke to the fans about the future of the Clippers and stressed the goal of winning an NBA championship.
Superfan Darrell Bailey is greeted by fans as he enters the Staples Center during the fan appreciation rally that introduced the new team owner, Steve Ballmer.
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Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is introduced to the crowed during a fan appreciation event at the Staples Center. Ballmer spoke to the fans about the future of the Clippers and stressed the goal of winning an NBA championship.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sits next to Clippers owner Steve Ballmer as they watch a highlight during a fan appreciation rally at the Staples Center.
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Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is introduced to the crowed during a fan appreciation event at the Staples Center. Ballmer spoke to the fans about the future of the Clippers and stressed the goal of winning an NBA championship.
David Silver holds up his son, Joseph, 7, as they cheer for the Clippers during a fan rally at the Staples Center.
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Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is introduced to the crowed during a fan appreciation event at the Staples Center. Ballmer spoke to the fans about the future of the Clippers and stressed the goal of winning an NBA championship.
Clippers fan Ricky Joseph said he's been a fan since the Clippers were based in San Diego and that he's always been an underdog. "We always had a team, but not that quite super stardom team," he said, adding that he hoped the Clippers would take their first title.
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Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is introduced to the crowed during a fan appreciation event at the Staples Center. Ballmer spoke to the fans about the future of the Clippers and stressed the goal of winning an NBA championship.
Clippers forward Blake Griffin speaks to fans during the rally at the Staples Center.
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Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is introduced to the crowed during a fan appreciation event at the Staples Center. Ballmer spoke to the fans about the future of the Clippers and stressed the goal of winning an NBA championship.
Danny Cervantes with his son, Declan, and wife, Jessie, wait for the fan appreciation rally to begin with Steve Ballmer and Clippers players at the Staples Center.
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Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is introduced to the crowed during a fan appreciation event at the Staples Center. Ballmer spoke to the fans about the future of the Clippers and stressed the goal of winning an NBA championship.
Clippers fans wait in line to enter the Staples Center for the fan appreciation rally where they were introduced to the new owner, Steve Ballmer.
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Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is introduced to the crowed during a fan appreciation event at the Staples Center. Ballmer spoke to the fans about the future of the Clippers and stressed the goal of winning an NBA championship.
Clippers small forward Matt Barnes listens to the new team owner, Steve Ballmer speak during a fan appreciation rally at the Staples Center.
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Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is introduced to the crowed during a fan appreciation event at the Staples Center. Ballmer spoke to the fans about the future of the Clippers and stressed the goal of winning an NBA championship.
Clippers center DeAndrea Jordan laughs during Doc Rivers' speech at the fan appreciation rally at the Staples Center.
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Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is introduced to the crowed during a fan appreciation event at the Staples Center. Ballmer spoke to the fans about the future of the Clippers and stressed the goal of winning an NBA championship.
Clippers cheerleaders line the stage during the fan appreciation rally at the Staples Center.
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Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is introduced to the crowed during a fan appreciation event at the Staples Center. Ballmer spoke to the fans about the future of the Clippers and stressed the goal of winning an NBA championship.
Maison Ovillar, 4, attends the fan appreciation rally at the Staples Center.
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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.

Fans turned out well in advance for the event.

"We are here at the Staples Center representing the Clippers. Whoa! Number One Clippers! They’ve been through so much and I’ve come out here to support them," Sharron Owens of South L.A. told KPCC's Benjamin Brayfield.

"It’s Clipper nation, all day, every day," said L.A. resident Ricky Joseph.

Joseph said he's been a fan since the Clippers were based in San Diego and that he's always been an underdog. "We always had a team, but not that quite super stardom team," he said, adding that he hoped the Clippers would take their first title.

You can watch the press conference again here: 

This story has been updated.