Ballmer “on a Rampage,” Playing Russian Roulette with Seattle's NBA Future
It has been said throughout the Sacramento Kings saga that the presence of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in Seattle's ownership team has been a big plus as they seek to buy and relocate the team.
Worth $15 billion according to Forbes and ranked No. 51 on its billionaire list, he and Chris Hansen were called the “perfect prototype for an NBA owner” by David Stern shortly after the NBA relocation committee unanimously recommended to reject a move of the Kings to Seattle.
But now that Seattle's advances have been rebuffed by the NBA, sources say it's Ballmer that has taken on a larger role in decision-making for the Seattle ownership group. The polar opposite of the soft-spoken hedge fund manager in Hansen – Ballmer is known for being loud and outrageous. Vanity Fair ran a seething piece (Microsoft's Lost Decade) last August detailing a violent incident and more.
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