You can take the man out of Microsoft, but you can’t take Microsoft out of the man.
Or something like that.
You can definitely take the Apple out of the Clippers, though.
Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, who made his fortune through Microsoft, recently left the company’s board of directors to focus on his new basketball team.
But he still claims to own the more Microsoft stock than any other individual, and he’s loyal to the brand.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the Clippers will be a Microsoft organization. The son of a Ford Motor Co manager, he’s always been a company and product loyalist, banning his own family from using Apple’s iPhones.
“Most of the Clippers on are Windows, some of the players and coaches are not,” Ballmer said.
“And Doc kind of knows that’s a project. It’s one of the first things he said to me: ‘We are probably going to get rid of these iPads, aren’t we?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, we probably are.’ But I promised we would do it during the off season.”
Ballmer owns 100 percent of the Clippers. He’s not beholden to any stakeholders. If he wants to promote Microsoft, whether or not it’s in the best interest of the Clippers, that’s his business. Teams frequently use tablets as tools for watching video and diagramming plays, and the boss can choose which tablets they use.
As long as he’s not forcing his employees – including players and coaches – to change their personal devices, I have no problem with it.
Then again, I won’t be the one stuck using a Surface instead of an iPad.