HoopsHype Leslie Alexander rumors

July 2, 2014 Updates
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Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander plans to add a significant player to his roster and he expects his team to be greatly improved for the 2014-15 season. "We're going to have cap room to bring in a terrific free agent and I think next year we'll be a lot better than we were this year," Alexander said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "I think the nucleus is great. I think we have two of the brightest stars in the league. We have players who are going to be much better next year, young guys. We have a very good nucleus." FOX 26 Sports

"I think we improved as the season went along," Alexander said. "I think we improved in the playoffs as it went along. I think it took us a year to lose (in the playoffs), and with the young guys knowing what it takes to win, I think we'll be a terrific team next year, better than this year." The Rockets finished the regular season with a 54-28 record, before losing in six games to Portland in the first round of the playoffs. "We won 54 games," Alexander said. "It's tough to win 54 games in the NBA and the West is so stacked, it's hard. We were the youngest team in the league in the playoffs. Just that alone will get us much better. I thought the team played hard. They did what they could and when you lose the other team was better." FOX 26 Sports

May 3, 2014 Updates

As the story from Ramona Shelburne and I related then, McHale can't be completely sure of survival after the Rockets won the Dwight sweepstakes but still failed to win a playoff series. The reality, though, is that McHale's biggest fan in town just might be Rockets owner Les Alexander, who's a handy person to have in your corner. ESPN.com

They still have to formally pick up McHale's 2014-15 option to remove any doubt. And links to Stan Van Gundy, Howard's old Orlando coach, are bound to persist until Stan is coaching somewhere else. ESPN.com

April 29, 2014 Updates

Calling the comments “disgusting,” Alexander said he told Silver he should stab “a sword” into the heart of Sterling’s ownership of the Clippers. “I thought that there’s got to be a way to disrupt him from owning the team,” said Alexander, who after 20 years owning the Rockets is one of the longest tenured owners in the NBA. “I gave him the sword to deal with this. I said, ‘Let the players become free agents.’” Houston Chronicle

Alexander said he did not know what Silver would announce on Tuesday and that Silver did not say what actions he was considering, but did say that he would look into the feasibility and ramifications of Alexander’s suggestion. “He listened to it,” Alexander said. “He said he hadn’t heard that before. He said to me, ‘You always give me a novel idea that I haven’t heard before.’ He told me he would look at it and see what the professionals around him think.” Houston Chronicle

April 28, 2014 Updates

Sterling allegedly made racist comments during a recorded conversation, audio only, which were initially aired in part by TMZ and then later by Deadspin. Alexander spoke with Commissioner Silver during game four of the Rockets-Trailblazers series in Portland. "I discussed it with the commissioner (Sunday night) at the game," Alexander said. "We both feel that Donald Sterling has to be severely punished. "His actions are reprehensible. It's beyond anything, and we're going to punish him very, very severely. "Obviously, I'm saying this assuming that's his voice." FOX 26 Sports

March 29, 2014 Updates

The Astros, Comcast and Rockets have agreed to allow U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes to mediate a potential resolution in the Comcast SportsNet Houston bankruptcy case. Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, Astros owner Jim Crane and a Comcast executive signed the mediation agreement during a seven-hour, closed-door session Friday with Hughes, who is hearing the Astros’ appeal of an order placing CSN Houston under Chapter 11 protection. The parties agree in the document to allow Hughes to mediate their dispute and agree that he can continue to preside over the bankruptcy appeal. The order also opens the possibility of more mediation sessions with the judge. Houston Chronicle

January 7, 2014 Updates

Carly Wright, a 17-year old Mayde Creek student who spent a day with the Rockets on Nov. 19, died on Monday after a battle with cancer. Wright, who was granted a day with the team through the Make-A-Wish organization was diagnosed last year with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer. She attended the team’s shootaround that day, then sat courtside in owner Leslie Alexander’s seat at the game that night as the Rockets hosted Boston. The players have since been sporting wristbands reading “#Kill cancer Carly.” Houston Chronicle

October 26, 2013 Updates

Daryl Morey had heard the chatter in NBA circles that his time as Houston Rockets general manager and unofficial poster boy for the next front-office frontier might be nearing an end if he didn't turn things around soon. But he paid it no mind because the rumblings never came from the man who had brought him to town six years ago: Rockets owner Les Alexander. "I heard second hand those rumblings, and it never made sense to me," Morey tells USA TODAY Sports. "Maybe because I knew Mr. Alexander had a lot of faith in what we were doing and was really an architect in a lot of the strategy, so we were executing on a plan and the owner knew it. USA Today Sports

Houston opted to try to compete and posted winning records from 2009 to 2012, though without a playoff appearance, but fell short when it came to landing a star to help take the team to the next level. Until now. "The big thing was that when you lose your top guys, like Yao and Tracy, generally the way it has always been done is that you know you're going to have a bad season in there, because you need a high pick to get it done," Morey says. "And frankly, I still think that's probably your safer way to go. … (But) we just didn't think we could do it, so we sort of carved out a different way. "Keep our max (salary cap) room, stay flexible but try and avoid that really tough year. Again, I don't know if we've proven anything. We've proven that in our set of circumstances, I think we can hopefully turn the corner if we have the year we hope we're going to have. We had to be ready, but a lot had to line up as well." USA Today Sports

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Just a few months after signing Dwight Howard in an $88 million megadeal, Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander was relatively frugal while shopping for apartments in New York City. Alexander recently completed the sale of a duplex penthouse on the 17th and 18th floors of 18 Gramercy Park South for a cool $42 million, which is just under half of what he paid for the Houston Rockets franchise in 1993 ($85 million). The residence is one of the most exclusive in the city, and Alexander will receive a key to his own private park, which only residents are allowed to enter. For The Win

July 13, 2013 Updates

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