Leslie Alexander assumed ownership of the Houston Rockets on July 30, 1993, and over 20 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 three other NBA teams have posted more winning seasons than the Rockets (16) during Alexander’s tenure as owner. Additionally, Houston’s winning percentage (.557, 886-706) is the seventh best in the league over that same 20-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.
Daryl Morey enters his eighth season with the Houston Rockets and his seventh as the team’s head of all basketball operations. Morey, who officially assumed his current position on May 10, 2007, previously served as the team’s Assistant General Manager after joining the organization on Apr. 3, 2006. He was re-signed as the team’s General Manager and Managing Director of Basketball Operations on Sept. 25, 2009.
Since moving into the role of General Manager, Morey has built a Rockets team that has gone a combined 272-204 (.571) over the last six seasons and has set a number of team records. Morey, who has spearheaded an innovative integration of statistical analytics into the evaluation of NBA talent, has earned votes from his peers for 2008-09 and 2012-13 NBA Executive of the Year. He earned selection to the SportsBusiness Journal Forty Under 40 Class of 2010, which honors the most promising young executives in sports business under the age of 40. In 2010, ESPN.com named the Rockets Basketball Operations as one of the two best management teams in all of basketball. Morey’s ability to manage and bolster the Rockets roster earned him YAHOO.com Executive of the Year accolades in 2008-09. He was named “Top 50 Most Influential in Basketball” in 2009 by HOOPSWORLD. Morey was also recognized in 2009 as one of “The 10 Most Creative People in Sports” by Fast Company magazine. His articles on sports analytics have been published in leading publications such as Harvard Business Review, The Economist and Grantland.
Thaddeus “Tad” Brown enters his 12th season with the organization, and his eighth as Chief Executive Officer of the Houston Rockets and Clutch City Sports & Entertainment. Brown oversees all facets of the organization’s business operations relating to the Rockets and Toyota Center. He also works with Owner Leslie Alexander to set strategic goals and analyze future growth opportunities for the franchise, and serves as Alexander’s representative and Alternate Governor on the NBA Board of Governors.
During his tenure, Brown has been instrumental in forging strong relationships with community leaders, as well as developing and building the organization’s key partnerships. The business team has thrived under Brown’s guidance, setting Toyota Center records for sellouts, attendance, total events and customer satisfaction. His efforts to make the organization an industry leader in customer service and convenience also led to the introduction of Flash Seats, an innovative paperless ticketing system that allows season ticket holders and concert goers the ability to manage their tickets online.