TORONTO – The Internet was filled with praise Friday after it was revealed Steve Ballmer had agreed to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for a record breaking US$2 billion.
Shelly Sterling said in a statement issued late Thursday that she’d signed a binding contract for a sale of the Clippers by The Sterling Family Trust to Ballmer in what would be a record deal if approved by the NBA.
Basketball legend Magic Johnson took to Twitter Thursday night to express his joy over the news tweeting, “Clipper Fans you’ll love Steve Ballmer as your owner.”
Steve Ballmer loves basketball, is smart businessman & he'll probably shake every fans hand outside the arena on opening night!—
Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 30, 2014
But elsewhere on Twitter a very nerdy joke was evolving.
You see, Ballmer is the former CEO of Microsoft and Microsoft is responsible for creating “Clippy” the Microsoft Office assistant. The Internet, being what it is, quickly put two and two together and reacted to the irony.
How awesome would it be if Clippy became the new Clippers mascot? DO IT BALLMER—
Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) May 30, 2014
Steve Balmer buys the Clippers, the new mascot, "Clippy" will jump on the court and say "It looks like you're trying to shoot a 3-pointer",,—
Rocky Mountain Mike (@RockyMntnMike) May 29, 2014
Even brands like SiriusXM got in on the joke.
Ironically, a parody account for Clippy has not yet tweeted about the Clippers purchase.
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