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Rockets Owner Leslie Alexander Fined $100k

By Ben Casey
Nov 12, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets team owner Leslie Alexander (standing) applauds the action against the San Antonio Spurs during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets team owner Leslie Alexander (standing) applauds the action against the San Antonio Spurs during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
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After leaving his seat to complain to a referee about a missed call on Tuesday, Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has been fined $100k.

Leslie Alexander usually keeps out of the national media. He owns the Houston Rockets, but rarely makes headlines of any kind. However, the 73-year-old was so displeased with a missed call during game five of the first round that he had to do something about it. He got up from his seat and made his way to referee Billy Kennedy to let him know what he thought during the last few seconds of the first quarter.

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The act quickly went viral on social media, with Rockets fans lauding their teams’ owner for such a noble act. However, per multiple sources, the NBA wasn’t as amused. After announcing an investigation to decide whether or not discipline is necessary, they decided to dole out a hefty $100k fine. Still, it probably won’t hurt Alexander’s pocketbook too much. He’s worth $1.9 billion, according to Forbes.

When asked about the incident after the game, James Harden laughed. “He’s just the coolest guy on Earth,” he told ESPN’s Calvin Watkins. “I would have probably ran over there and tried to help him.”

Whether or not he obeyed all the rules for NBA owners, Rockets fans should be happy the owner actually cares about the game of basketball. It’s not unusual for men in Alexander’s position to simply view their team as sources of income rather than being invested in on-court success.

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The Houston Rockets won the game at which Alexander made his move, eliminating the Oklahoma City Thunder in the process. They’ll take on either the Spurs or the Grizzlies next, depending on who wins the 2-7 first round series.

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