Leslie Alexander, the former owner of the Houston Rockets, sold the team in the offseason. Although, he kept all of the original championship trophies.
Leslie Alexander purchased the Houston Rockets back in 1993 for a mere $85 million. The next year, Hakeem Olajuwon led the franchise to its first ever championship title. After that, Houston solidified the roster by signing Clyde Drexler and they won another championship in 1995.
The Rockets never won another ring, but they did have many successful seasons after that. Many of those other Rockets teams featuring players like Steve Francis, Cutino Mobley, Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady and more recently James Harden will forever be remembered in Rockets history.
After such a marvelous journey, Alexander decided that it was time to move on. He put the Rockets up for sale over the offseason, and Tilman Fertitta purchased the franchise for a record $2.2 billion. Not a bad investment for Alexander.
But a massive check wasn’t the only thing that Alexander left with, because he also took Houston’s championship trophies with him. Alexander told the Houston Chronicle that he has the trophies in the corner of his house because he hasn’t decided how to display them yet.
When asked why he kept the trophies by the Houston Chronicle’s David Barron, Alexander had a simple answer.
“You want to win championships. That’s what you’re there for.”
According to the Houston Chronicle, the team will order replica trophies to be displayed in the team’s offices at Toyota Center.
The last time the franchise’s ownership switched hands, they went on to win a championship the following year. The Houston Rockets have the best chance to win a title this year as they have had in decades. James Harden is leading the MVP race, and Chris Paul is still one of the best point guards in the league.
Hopefully the 2017-18 Rockets can follow in the footsteps of the 1993-94 championship team.