This recent development is equal parts random, weird and entertaining.
But Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera didn’t find Ballmer’s antics as amusing. The 6-foot-3 competitive owner and avid baller can dunk without a trampoline, and he reminded everyone of that by reposting an old snippet of him dunking in a gym on Tuesday (h/t For The Win):
Take that, Ballmer (and Stevens, to a lesser extent).
The Clippers and Grizzlies don’t like each other much, with a rivalry dating back to 2012 when they first met in the playoffs. The two could meet in the first round of the postseason for the third time in five years — the series winner is tied 1-1 — if the current standings hold up, which would likely be an ugly affair, as the matchup tends to turn into a low-scoring slugfest.
Perhaps Ballmer and Pera could rekindle their beef in April with a dunk-off: Ballmer with a trampoline and Pera without one.
The alternative is escalating the situation by bringing other owners into it. Can’t Michael Jordan — or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, Mark Cuban — just come in and settle this? Pera’s dunk is cute and all, but he can’t touch His Airness.
Jovan Buha covers the NBA for FOX Sports. Follow him on Twitter: @jovanbuha.