The Los Angeles Clippers will soon be wrestled free from the control of the Sterling family and will be in the hands of Steve Ballmer. That’s something fans have been waiting for weeks to hear, but while fans are excited about the change in ownership, the players on the Clippers roster are also breathing a sigh of relief.
Blake Griffin was very forward in his protest of the Sterling family, as he quickly became the face of the Clippers as they silently lashed out against their owner. Not only was he leading the shootaround shirt protest but his silence about the matter when asked spoke volumes.
Griffin is now one of the first player on the Clippers roster to respond to the proposed sale of the team, according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, and he gave Steve Ballmer a glowing review as the new owner of the team. It wasn’t so much that he was excited about Ballmer as much as he was excited that the Sterling’s will no longer be associated with the team.
“I think it’s a great move for us. I think it’s putting the final piece to the puzzle together. It kind of allows everybody to go back to focusing on the real goal, and that’s putting 100% of everything into winning a championship for Los Angeles from our side.”
Ballmer is already a better owner than the Sterling’s ever were and he doesn’t even officially own the team yet. There were doubts about if the players on the roster would stay if the Sterling’s stayed associated with the team beyond this year but it seems that can all be put to rest now.
If Griffin is happy, the rest of the team is happy and that’s good news for fans hoping that the roster stays intact and that a run at the NBA Finals is attempted once again next season.