Elaine Thompson / AP

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2014, photo, then-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, left, shakes hands with former NBA players Bill Russell, right, and "Downtown" Freddie Brown as Omar Lee looks on during an NCAA college basketball game between Washington and Oregon State in Seattle. An individual with knowledge of negotiations to sell the Los Angeles Clippers said Shelly Sterling has reached an agreement to sell the team to Ballmer for $2 billion. The individual, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, told The Associated Press on Thursday, May 29, 2014, that Ballmer and the Sterling Family Trust now have a binding agreement. The deal now must be presented to the NBA. (AP Photo/ Elaine Thompson, File)


Weekend poll: With Steve Ballmer buying the Clippers, what happens to Seattle's hopes for an NBA team?

Leading Off: 10 pressing questions in the world of sports

Published: Friday, May. 30, 2014 - 11:04 pm

• When former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer completes the deal to buy the Los Angeles Clippers, what happens to Seattle’s hopes of landing an NBA team?

• Ballmer was the big-money guy behind Seattle’s recent efforts; can Chris Hansen – a man reviled in Sacramento – find another deep pocket in Seattle?

• Was Ballmer involved in the secret $100,000 donation to the anti-arena ballot initiative in Sacramento last year, as ESPN.com alleges? California election officials say Hansen wrote the check and he was the one who got fined.

• Hansen, with Ballmer’s backing, failed in bids to purchase and relocate the Kings, Bucks and Timberwolves; shouldn’t he just give up and go away?

• With a $2 billion purchase price, how can the Clippers make a profit, even in the huge media market of Los Angeles?

• Speaking of Los Angeles, will anyone be surprised if All-Star forward Kevin Love is wearing a Lakers uniform next season?

• If the Lakers acquire Love from the Timberwolves, will that rejuvenate Kobe Bryant enough to lead them back to the playoffs next season?

• Adding Love to DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay would give the Kings one of the best front courts in the NBA, but what else do they have that would interest the Timberwolves?

• With Sacramento State advancing to the NCAA baseball regionals, will more than a handful of fans show up for games next season?

• It’s very cool that Jesuit High School’s football team will play at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Aug. 29, but does it have to be against national power De La Salle, which hasn’t lost to another Northern California team since 1991?

– Tom Couzens


Weekend poll

With Steve Ballmer buying the Clippers, what happens to Seattle’s hopes for an NBA team?

• It won’t change the situation there.

• Seattle should forget about the NBA.

• I don’t care; Seattle tried to steal the Kings.

To vote, go to sacbee.com/sports

Friday’s results

Do you follow Sacramento State baseball ?

• Yes, attend games

often: 7%

• Yes, but don’t attend many games: 35%

• No: 58%

Total votes: 122

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