LOS ANGELES (AP) - Steve Ballmer is officially the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.
The team says the sale closed Tuesday after a California court confirmed the authority of Shelly Sterling, on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust, to sell the franchise. Her husband, Donald Sterling, had unsuccessfully fought the sale of the team he owned since 1981 in court.
The NBA Board of Governors had previously approved the sale.
Ballmer says he will be ''hardcore'' in giving the team, coach Doc Rivers, the staff and players the support they need.
Rivers calls it ''an amazing new day in Clippers history,'' and says he's inspired by Ballmer's passion for the game.
Ballmer, Rivers and Clippers players will attend a new fan festival announced for next Monday at Staples Center.

Top NBA Public Bets

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Pacers vs. Spurs Pick Are the Indiana Pacers going to keep it competitive tonight when they take on the host San Antonio Spurs...
Thumbnail Nets vs. Pistons Pick Are the host Detroit Pistons going to end their four-game losing streak this afternoon when they battle the Brooklyn...
Thumbnail Knicks vs. Lakers Pick  Are the New York Knicks going to secure a road win this afternoon when they play at the Los Angeles Lakers?...
Thumbnail Magic vs. Celtics Pick Is it going to be a dominating performance this afternoon at 1PM ET by the Boston Celtics when they host the Orlando...
Thumbnail Clippers vs. Jazz Pick Are the Los Angeles Clippers going to secure a seventh consecutive victory tonight at 9PM ET when they play the host Utah...

NBA Team Pages