New Clippers Owner, Former Microsoft Exec, Says Team Will Ditch Apple Devices

Steve Ballmer Clippers - H 2014
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Steve Ballmer Clippers - H 2014

Goodbye, iPad. Hello, Surface tablet

Apple products will be some of the first things to go at the Los Angeles Clippers under new owner Steve Ballmer.

The former Microsoft CEO and largest individual shareholder of the Redmond, Wash., software giant told Reuters that he would convert the franchise to Windows-based products after the season ends.

"Most of the Clippers are on Windows; some of the players and coaches are not," Ballmer said during the interview. "And Doc [Rivers] 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."

The story also noted that he prohibits his family from using iPhones.

Ballmer joined Microsoft in 1980 as the company's 30th employee, and was named founder Bill Gates' replacement as CEO in 2000. He retired from the company in February this year and stepped down as chairman of the board in August after he paid $2 billion for the Clippers franchise.

No word on whether Apple-owned Beats headphones, which are popular with athletes, will be included in the ban.