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Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer Goes Nuts at Fan Festival, Gives Out Email Address [Video]

Steve Ballmer absolutely crushed his entrance at the Clippers Fan Festival on Monday afternoon.

The newly minted Los Angeles Clippers owner fired out of the tunnel at the Staples Center to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” punishing hands and working the crowd like a professional hype man.

The former Microsoft CEO also gave out his email address on the Jumbotron.

ESPN’s Arash Markazi recorded Ballmer’s entrance for posterity and uploaded the footage to Instagram. Imagine Donald Sterling’s court-side manner, but the opposite.

It seems the Steve Ballmer era with the Clippers is off to an energetic and welcoming start. Ballmer, who picked up the Clippers for an NBA record $2 billion this month, appears ready to set a new tone for his franchise.

Here is the whole Fan Festival, including Ballmer’s passionate speech:

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Kevin Love Has Firm Agreement He’ll Sign a 5-year, $120 Million Deal with Cavaliers

Kevin Love is getting traded from Minnesota to Cleveland, that much has been known for weeks, but according to Adrian Wojnarowski, the best power forward in the NBA has a “firm agreement” to sign a 5-year, $120 million extension with the Cavs. That sets up Cleveland with a new “Big 3″ – basically, a younger, betting-shooting version of what LeBron had in Miami.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement in principle to send All-Star forward Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Cleveland is making the deal with Minnesota with a firm agreement Love will opt out of his contract in 2015 and re-sign with the Cavaliers on a five-year, $120 million-plus contract extension, league sources told Yahoo Sports. …

… The precise deal terms have been agreed upon for weeks, but the teams and Love plan to stay silent about the particulars until the trade is announced in 16 days, sources told Yahoo Sports.

You can start dreaming about a Championship, Cleveland. The Cavs were the favorites to come out of the East before Kevin Love, and they’ll be the favorites to win the NBA Title with him.

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Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan: “Identical Plays” Video Syncs Absolutely Amazing [Video]

Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan are two of the greatest NBA stars  in the world, and both get buckets in eerily similar fashion in the third installment of the “identical plays” series by YouTube user Youssef Hannoun. The video apparently took about 3-4 months to make. The time was well-spent; the production is just phenomenal.

Here are the previous two versions:

[h/t Lakerholicz.com]

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Paul George Cheered Himself Up by Buying a Ferrari 458 After Injuring Leg

Paul George suffered one of the worst sports injures you will ever see this past week, and the Indiana Pacers star has a long rehabilitation process ahead of him.

So what better way to cheer yourself up than buying a new car, but not just any new car a frick’n Ferrari 458 from Los Angeles’ Roadstarr Motorsports. Which George shared on his Instagram with the following caption:

Shoutout my guy @roadstarrmotorsports for gettin me right again.. He hooked this one up! Although I can’t drive for a while I can still look at it!!! #FerrariBoyz #458 #OneofOne #CantWaitToGetBetter #AlwaysWantedOne #Italia #DreamCar #NowIGotIt #Blessed

My only question is, with his leg in a cast how does he drive it? Anyways good for PG.

[Paul George, h/t Black Sports Online]

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Paul George Suffered a Horrific Broken Leg in the USA Basketball Blue – White Scrimmage [Video]

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In tonight’s Blue-White scrimmage as Team USA preps for the FIBA World Cup, Paul George broke his lower right leg. In one of the worst sports injuries I’ve seen since Kevin Ware’s horrific injury, Larry Bird and the Pacers stomach just dropped. 

George was trying to contest a James Harden layup on a fast break. When George came down, his leg hit the bottom of the stanchion and just snapped.

Be warned, the video is gruesome.

George’s leg was put in a splint, and emergency medical personnel removed him from the court on a gurney.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski addressed the crowd after George was taken off the court, and ended the scrimmage without playing out the fourth quarter.

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