Rockets owner Leslie Alexander to donate $4 million to charities

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HOUSTON (AP) — Rockets owner Leslie Alexander is donating a total of $4 million to eight undetermined charities in the Houston area.

The pledge was announced Tuesday, and prospective charities can go to Rockets.com to get information and register to be considered. The selected organizations will be announced during an event in January.

No criteria are specified for applying charities, but Alexander has said he hopes to help organizations that aid immigrants and those that care for orphaned animals.

Alexander took over as owner of the Rockets in 1993 and established the Clutch City Foundation in 1995. The foundation funds and operates programs benefiting thousands of children every year.

Alexander says “you should have an obligation in your own mind to constantly give back” if you have the means.

He and the Clutch City Foundation have given more than $25 million to charities throughout the city. Alexander’s last major donation came when he gave $500,000 to the Houston Storm Relief fund after flooding ravaged the area in April.

Alexander says “when I bought the team, I said we’d try to do two things, give back to the community and win. And we keep trying to do that.”

Grizzlies fan absolutely owns kids halftime scrimmage (video)

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The Grizzlies lost for the 15th time in their last 16 games, a 25-point drubbing at home against the Heat, last night.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom in Memphis.

This young fan – while playing in the halftime scrimmage – stopped his dribble, stepped on the ball, whipped off his youth jersey to reveal a Marc Gasol jersey, flexed, re-started his dribbled then drove for a basket.

Matt Ellentuck of SB Nation:

The Grizzlies don’t deserve this hero.

DeMarcus Cousins pushes Trevor Ariza after whistle, gets technical foul (video)

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For better or worse, DeMarcus Cousins is moody.

Just after getting dunked on by Clint Capela, Cousins showed his frustration by pushing Trevor Ariza after a whistle. The Pelicans center got his NBA-leading ninth technical foul – automatic suspension triggered at No. 16 – but I’m surprised this didn’t escalate beyond just that.

Paul George floors Jeremy Lamb with crossover, hits step-back 3-pointer over him (video)

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The Thunder suffered a rough home loss to the Hornets, but at least Oklahoma City produced a couple fun highlights.

Not only did Russell Westbrook have this powerful dunk, Paul George put the moves on Jeremy Lamb.

David West pump fakes past one Trail Blazer, posterizes another (video)

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David West is 37 years old.