Leslie Alexander assumed ownership of the Houston Rockets on July 30, 1993, and – over the last 22 years – has devoted his efforts to making his teams champions both on the basketball court and in the community. Alexander's dedication to winning has resulted in two NBA championships with the Rockets and four WNBA titles during his 10-year (1997-2006) operation of the Houston Comets, giving Houston its first major professional sports championships. Only one other NBA teams has posted more winning seasons than the Rockets (18) during Alexander's tenure as owner. Additionally, Houston's winning percentage (.567, 996-760) is the sixth best in the league over that same 22-season time frame. Off the court, the Rockets franchise has set the standard for community involvement.
"I've always believed that sports teams are in the unique position to make a real difference in their communities," Alexander said. "When I bought the Rockets, that was my dream. I hoped to make a difference for the people of Houston, both emotionally and financially."
In 2008, Forbes recognized the integral role Alexander has played in his team's success by naming him the NBA's best owner. Alexander was also named by SI.com (Sports Illustrated) as one of the five best owners in the league in 2008-09. Alexander, who has held the longest ownership tenure in franchise history, continues to strive for peak success both on and off the court.