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How Steve Ballmer turned a high school basketball team into a success




Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is introduced to the crowd 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 crowd 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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Steve Ballmer recently announced he's out of Microsoft. The former CEO resigned from his board position to tend to his new responsibilities as the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. It has been Ballmer's longtime dream to own a basketball team. 

But this isn't the first time he has shaped a basketball program. Years ago, Ballmer exercised a heavy — sometimes questionable — involvement in this children's high school basketball team.

Mike Baker from the Seattle Times has been investigating how Ballmer turned the high school team from district losers to district champions.