For all that remains unpredictable about the sale of the Rockets, industry experts have little doubt about what will likely matter most in the months to come. The Rockets, several said, are already an unusually hot commodity and when Leslie Alexander sells the team he has owned for 24 years, it will likely go for a price unmatched in NBA history.
Hall of Fame center Yao Ming ended any speculation that he could be a part of a group that would seek to purchase the Rockets on Friday, issuing a statement through the Xinhua news agency saying his efforts will be devoted to his new position with the China Basketball Association. Yao was elected on Thursday to be the Chairman of the Board of the company that runs the CBA. He had been named the president of the CBA in February.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey long-since had one part of his press conference speech down pat. No matter the deal, whether a trade or free agent signing, at some point Morey would credit "Mr. Alexander." He was not sucking up to the boss, who has as much interest in hearing praise from a podium as he does in taking a seat there himself. Morey, however, knew that everything was influenced by Leslie Alexander, the Rockets' owner of 24 years.
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