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LES, YOUR ROCKETS ARE NBA CHAMPS, WHERE DO YOU GO NOW?

     Rockets owner Les Alexander recently financed a feasibility
study to "determine the viability" of a new 20,000-seat arena
with 50 luxury boxes, according to the HOUSTON CHRONICLE.  John
Williams reports that Alexander "has expressed interest" in
having at least 50 suites, compared with the 20 "semi-private"
suites the team currently has at the 20-year-old Summit.  While
Alexander would not comment on the possibility of a new arena,
Rockets Minority Owner Gary Bradley "frequently remarks that he
would not be surprised to see the Rockets move to a city willing
to pay big bucks for a championship team with the world's best
player."  Summit officials are also in the mix.  Manager Kenneth
Schnitzer:  "We can do what Alexander wants for one-third of the
cost" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 6/14).
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