Rockets Owner Giving Back To Houston; Excited For Team’s Fast Start

By: Alex Del Barrio, Sportsradio 610

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Houston Rockets owner has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season with his team currently on a 10 game winning streak and near the top of the NBA standings.

In that spirit Alexander and the Rockets announced on Tuesday that he would be donating $4 million to eight charitable organizations in the Houston community.

“When I bought the team I said we’d try to do two things. Give back to the community and win,” Alexander said in a media conference call on Tuesday. “If you’re luck enough in this society to have done well, you should have an obligation in your own mind to constantly give back.”

With his team hosting the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, Alexander was asked about his team’s 21-7 start and the play of his superstar point guard James Harden.

The Rockets currently have the third best record in the Western Conference and have played well against some of the NBA’s best including wins over San Antonio and Golden State. The solid play  behind new head coach Mike D’Antoni was expected, but even Alexander is surprised at how quickly it’s happened.

“I think we’ve started a little faster than what I anticipated,” Alexander said. “I thought we’d be playing this kind of ball a little later on in the season after we got used to the system. I am thrilled that this early on in the season we’re meshing this well.

The play of James Harden this season within D’Antoni’s offense is one of the biggest reasons for the Rockets early season success. Harden is averaging 27.7 points per game and leading the league in assists with 11.8 per contest. If you ask Alexander, Harden has the slight edge over who the top player in the league is.

“I think it’s between him and (Russell Westbrook) and I think we’re winning a lot more games so maybe he should be the MVP over Russ,” Alexander said.

Alex Del Barrio  and Matt Murphy can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm  Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio

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