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Steve Ballmer takes excitement to new levels of crazy

Commentary: At Friday night's Game 6 between his Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz, the former Microsoft CEO offers self-expressions that might frighten some.

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Steve Ballmer

This isn't the first time.

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It's one thing to be a little excitable.

It's another to be Steve Ballmer.

The former Microsoft CEO seems to enjoy the ability to reach paroxysms of self-expression without somehow bursting a gasket.

At Friday Night's Game 6 of a Western Conference series between his Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz, Ballmer leaped from his seat and made gestures that a child immune to Ritalin might still resist.

He screamed, he bounced, he made those sitting around him think, "Is there a doctor in the house?"

Fortunately, a couple of these moments were captured for everyone to enjoy on Twitter.

Fox Sports West, for example, presented a still-seated Ballmer screaming beyond the vocal capabilities of most humans. I think he's screaming "De-fense!" I think if I was playing for the Jazz, I'd wear earplugs.

The NBA on ESPN account captured the moment when Ballmer realized his team would likely get to a Game 7 on Sunday.

You couldn't call what he does a dance, unless you're an aficionado of the sort of raves that attract substance-experimenters.

What makes the footage so beautiful is the reaction of the Utah fans around him, almost all of whom act as if Ballmer isn't there at all.

Save for one gray-haired man behind him, that is. This man looks at Ballmer with a steadfast expression that screams, "Please get this maniac out of my state."

This isn't, of course, the first time Ballmer has behaved in this sort of manner. He was well-known for screaming: "Developers! Developers! Developers!" and dancing (in a way) on a stage. A couple of years ago, his, well, gesticulations as Fergie sang at a Clippers game made for a moving YouTube video.

Also in 2015, he explained to Conan O'Brien that the reason for his behavior was "Ice Tea! Ice Tea! Ice Tea!"

My Golden State Warriors might face Ballmer's Clippers in the next round. If they do, I can only hope that Ballmer will have no reason to do anything but sit still and pout.

This is purely an aesthetic wish, you understand.

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