Leslie Alexander Rumors

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.
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.”
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.
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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.”
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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.”
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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.
“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.”
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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.”
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.”
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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.’”
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.”
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.