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Tilman Fertitta expects Harden and Paul to lead Rockets to Conference Finals

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Photo by Michael Boardman/Getty Images

Houston Rockets new owner, Tilman Fertitta, expects James Harden and Chris Paul to lead the Houston Rockets to the Western Conference Finals.

Tilman Fertitta is officially the newest owner in the National Basketball Association.

Fertitta paid a record $2.2 billion for the Houston Rockets and for operating rights of the Toyota Center. Fertitta attempted to buy the Rockets back in 1993, but he was outbid by Leslie Alexander.

Many look at Fertitta’s purchase as a bargain, despite paying a record price for the franchise. The league continues to expand internationally and the Rockets are a well run organization. Houston is also the fifth biggest metropolitan area and the eighth largest television market in the country.

The Rockets won two consecutive titles immediately after changing ownership in 1993, and Fertitta will look to continue that trend. When asked what his expectations were for a team featuring James Harden and Chris Paul, Fertitta kept it simple, via ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

“You should get to the Western Conference Finals.”

So far in the preseason, the Houston Rockets have looked like a Conference Finals bound ball club. They’ve started 3-0, and their combination of offense and defense has made them look unstoppable at times. Houston has made at least 22 3-pointers and held their opponents under 100 points in the first three games.

The Western Conference has become a more difficult place to win in each passing year. The Warriors have a chokehold on the top spot, but that hasn’t stopped the East’s talent from heading West. Golden State and San Antonio will continue to dominate the standings and Oklahoma City will compete for conference supremacy as well.

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Tilman Fertitta, Mike D’Antoni, James Harden and Chris Paul certainly have their work cut out for them this season, but something tells me that they wouldn’t have it any other way.