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May 30, 2015 Updates

After watching his franchise make it to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 1997, Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said he could add another big-time player to his roster if the opportunity presents itself. "Yes, but I don't think the odds are as good as they were in the previous years," Alexander said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "If you want to win big, you have to take big risk. I've always been willing to take the big risk to win big." Alexander said it would not surprise him if he makes a significant move this offseason. "There's always a chance," Alexander said. "Every single year, there's always been a chance. FOX 26 Sports

May 29, 2015 Updates
May 18, 2015 Updates

Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said his team has a good chance to beat the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals, which starts Tuesday in Oakland. "They had the most wins in the league," Alexander said after Sunday's series-clinching victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. "A great shooting team, but we have a competitive fire and a competitive spirit. We have two superstars [Dwight Howard and James Harden]. We play really good defense. We hit the boards. We got a good chance." ESPN.com

May 17, 2015 Updates

Mark Berman: Leslie Alexander: "Wonderful. When you're down 3-1 u think you're not going to come back against a really good Clippers team and we did. This team has great competitive fire. They really want to win. We have 2 great superstars. It's obviously great." Twitter @MarkBermanFox26

May 15, 2015 Updates
April 30, 2015 Updates

Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander is putting his Manhattan penthouse on the market for $49.75 million, just two years after he bought it for $42 million, according to listing agent Melanie Lazenby of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. The apartment is located at 18 Gramercy Park, a prewar building recently converted to condos by Zeckendorf Development and Global Holdings. Mr. Alexander bought the apartment from the developers, going into contract in 2012 and closing in 2013, according to Ms. Lazenby, who sold Mr. Alexander the property. She is co-listing the apartment with Dina Lewis. Wall Street Journal

April 16, 2015 Updates

Alexander reiterated that he believes Harden deserves the NBA's top individual honor. "James Harden, in my opinion, is the MVP," Alexander said. "100 percent, he is the MVP. With all of the injuries that we had, not having a full team, seeing another superstar go down in Dwight. For us to have all these wins is truly something, and a lot of it is because of him. He's the top player in the league, and if he's not he's 1, 2 or 3. When you get a player like that in a trade, not free agency, it's truly amazing. He's young. He's going to be with the team for the next 10 years at least. You know when you have a player like that you're going to be in the playoffs fighting for a championship every year." FOX 26 Sports

March 2, 2015 Updates

To Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, guard James Harden is out in front in the race for MVP to the point he said that should be the opinion of those without a connection to the franchise. “He’s the best player in basketball,” Alexander said. “He’s having the best year of anybody, no question,” Houston Chronicle

January 17, 2015 Updates

Alexander called for changes as extreme as requiring teams to win a certain number of games to be eligible for the top three picks of the draft to avoid systematic tanking to the more subtle change of extending the season to spread out the 82 games and reduce the number of back-to-backs. “I think the league has too many games that are considered exhibition games where people don’t show up with their teams and also, people trying to lose so badly the game isn’t a real game,” Alexander said. “It hurts me every time I see it because it damages the league. There should be some disincentive to lose. Right now, we have an incentive to lose. I think it should be switched. “My solution is a team has to win a certain number of games in a year in order to get in the top three picks. Pick a number so you have to field a competitive team. I think it’s horrible. It ticks me off that people are trying to win by losing.” Houston Chronicle

December 24, 2014 Updates
November 6, 2014 Updates

Q: Do you feel redemption following the criticism you and the team received in the offseason? Les Alexander: I don't want to answer it that way, but I think we made good moves. I think (Trevor) Ariza was a real good move to come here. He's helped the team in many ways. I think (Kostas) Papanikolaou has helped us dramatically. On both sides, he's been really good. And the players who were here last year are improving. I don't think we diminished the team the way people think we have. Houston Chronicle

Q: Are you happy with your front office? A: Yes. Nobody is perfect. Every decision does not work. I do like the way they work, the way we arrive at those decisions. I think we have very good people. Houston Chronicle

Q: This is your 22nd season as Rockets owner, and it has been 20 years since the second championship. How difficult has it been going from those highs to so few playoff wins since? A: I'll phrase it this way: In the 22 years I've owned the team, there have only been two losing seasons. Houston Chronicle

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