STEVE Ballmer said his Los Angeles Clippers team is far less concerned about becoming the city’s top basketball squad and overcoming the storied Lakers franchise, as he has a bigger goal in mind for the ballclub he bought in 2014.
In a recent interview with Business Insider, Ballmer bared the Clippers have moved on to larger goals than becoming the top team in Los Angeles. Besides, given their record against the Lakers since Ballmer bought the team, the former Microsoft CEO knows who has been the better squad between the two LA ballclubs.
“We've been kicking the Lakers' a-- the last several years,” he said. “Let's just face it. We don't have the championships that the Lakers do. We don't have any of that. But in the world of sports it's, 'What did you do this season?' And all we can control is how we do this season, next game, next game, and I'm proud of what we're doing.”
It’s undeniable the Clippers has been the better team in recent seasons, but it’s also clear the Lakers remain the more popular franchise, with the championships and stellar list of legendary players. Ballmer, though, has a plan on how to turn things around for his club.
“Our ultimate goal isn't to beat one other team. It's to beat 29 other teams. If you tell me you were the top team in LA, but the 28th team in the league, I say to heck with that,” he said.
"So in a sense, the best way to beat the Lakers is also to be the No. 1 team in the world and that's what we're aspiring to do," added Ballmer.
Ballmer, though, refused to reveal plans on retaining Clippers free agents Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and JJ Redick. But he shared that the team’s offseason plans are in place to improve their roster for a chance to go deeper past the second round of the playoffs.
“We like our players. We like our team. We're always trying to get better and we'll do the things we can in the offseason to get better. Job No. 1 among that is to really be in the right position with our top guys," he said.