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SNOQUALMIE, Wash. - Steve Ballmer wore a Seahawks cap and distinctive 12th Man socks as he strode through the TPC Snoqualmie. But it didn t feel like home.

You could say I m over anxious post retirement. My golf game is not good enough to make that my full time occupation, he laughed before he hit the links for a charity fundraiser.

Ballmer was part of a foursome, brought together by Sportsradio 950 KJR host Mitch Levy, called the Snoqualmie Showdown. Ballmer, teamed up for Team 12th Man with Seattle native and PGA vet Fred Couples. Levy and former UW Husky Football Coach Rick Neuheisel were Team Sonics and sported the Green and Gold caps. Neuheisel joked that he tried to get Ballmer to wear one.

As an owner with a team in Los Angeles, the number one thing that would be part of my dream would be for those Supersonic hats to be back in action and a team to be back here in Seattle, joked Ballmer, as he addressed a handful of media members for the first time since signing a deal to buy the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this year.

It s not my team yet, not approved by the league, nor a final order by the judge, cautioned Ballmer, who offered a mix of opinions on the future of the NBA for Seattle. The former Microsoft CEO was part of the group which attempted to purchase and relocate the Sacramento Kings franchise last year.

It is really unfortunate the greatest city in the world doesn t have a professional basketball team, and I hope that happens, said Ballmer, who mentioned that he still talks with lead investor Chris Hansen regularly. He s still optimistic, but it s one of the chicken and egg things. If you have a team, it s easier to get an arena. Have an arena, easier to get a team.

Hansen is currently leading an effort to build a new NBA/NHL sports arena, but the process has been bogged down during a lengthy environmental review, which may not be complete until November.

Ballmer says he will remain a partner in the land purchased down in SoDo.

The tricky thing now is when and if the NBA would support expansion, which is not on the table, stressed Ballmer. I can t tell you when it would happen here.

That s why he says he turned his attention to the Clippers.

It s my dream to have a team in Seattle - spent some time on that, wish that had worked, he added. With luck it maybe happens in the next few years. If it takes more than that, I ve decided this was the best path for me to take.

That s why he says, he made the eye popping $2 billion deal and plans on keeping the franchise in Los Angeles. He says it would have made more sense to move a franchise like the Milwaukee Bucks, which were purchased by two New York0based hedge fund managers this year.

Milwaukee would have been better if the long term plan was to move em, said Ballmer about the Clippers deal. The Clippers are not a candidate for relocation, for a lot of reasons: LA needs two teams, the league wouldn t let em move. I think a lot of people would tell you I paid an LA beachfront price, not a Seattle beachfront price for the team.

The NBA is expected to approve Ballmer s purchase of the Clippers this month.

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