The Houston Rockets are for sale, and they deserve a 'Flawless' owner: Beyonce

By: Adi Joseph | July 17, 2017 4:34 pm Follow @AdiJoseph

It’s been 22 years since the Houston Rockets last put a ring on it, and Leslie Alexander is ready to allow someone else to try. News of the Rockets being put up for sale rocked the NBA community, but the solution seems obvious: Let Beyonce upgrade HOU.

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is more than the most famous Houstonian alive. She’s put the city on the pop culture map with regular shoutouts (“I’m out that H town comin’ comin’ down”). And she’s a Rockets fan — she’s shown up in their jerseys on several occasions including her blowout performance at “Made In America.” She even has a song called “Rocket.”

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Beyonce and husband Jay-Z, himself a former part-owner of the Brooklyn Nets, are estimated to be worth more than $1 billion. The Rockets should be sold for more than double that — remember that the Los Angeles Clippers, playing second-fiddle in an only slightly larger market, were sold for $2 billion. But we’re not here trying to say the mother of three should liquidate Blue’s trust fund to buy her hometown team.

Whichever billionaire does buy the Rockets — the Houston area alone has 11 — would be wise to start things out right: Get Beyonce on board with her own stake. Have her sing the anthem or perform at halftime once a year, if she wants. Let her have the best seat in the house whenever she wants (which she probably already can get).

There’s not a better face of the franchise, with all due respect to James Harden.

But if there’s anyone that’s close …

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Rockets legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Yao Ming owns the Shanghai Sharks in China’s National Basketball League. Alexander paid Yao $94 million during his time with the Rockets, but the 7-5 center netted the team so much more because of his role in turning China into a basketball-obsessed country. Ask Tracy McGrady or even Chuck Hayes about what having Yao on your team can do.

The Rockets still reap the benefits of their Yao connection, but that would be strengthened tenfold by having him as an official member of the ownership group. In an era with sponsor logos on jerseys and deepening connections to the international community, NBA teams would be foolish not to team up with worldwide superstars.

Bey and Yao. Name a more iconic Rockets minority ownership duo than that. I’ll wait.

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Drake's Ex Maliah Michel Says He Tried To Make Her Stop Stripping

One of Drake's exes has spilled some major tea about what the rapper is supposedly really like.

Bossip reports that during Drake's annual Houston Appreciation Weekend, he honored a few of his favorite dancers by escorting them to the party and gifting them with Louboutins and heaps of cash. The rapper even made jerseys for the women and "retired" them by hanging them up during the party.

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Dancers Lira Galore and Miracle Watts accepted Drizzy's invitation, but the third woman honored, Maliah Michel, opted not to attend the party, and responded to Drake's actions on Instagram, writing, "Contrary to 'social media news' no man can retire me. I'm shaking this a** into a wheel chair. Maliah will retire Maliah."

She wasn't finished there, though. She had a lot to say about how Drake treated her in the past (without actually mentioning him by name), saying that he often tried to make her quit dancing and that he was "mean and hurtful" towards her.

"Y'all don't know that n*gga been trying to make me stop dancing. Always putting me down about it. Always telling me I'm not better than anyone else in the club selling a** instead of dancing. But n*gga can't stay out the club," she wrote on Twitter yesterday. "Y'all just don't know. My only regret is ever trying to explain how much I love dancing. And thinking so highly of him. That I let his opinion of me mold my opinion of myself. F*ck that and f*ck you if you got a problem."

"I remember pleading with him to understand. I said Beyonce wears the same kind of stuff I wear," she continued. "This n*gga got mad and told me not to compare myself to Beyonce. B*tch wha?! Don't you ever tell me not to compare myself to Beyonce! I'm a woman that's what we do!!"

"No matter how light I tried to make things. Just always mean and hurtful. But whatever I'm done," she concluded.

It is pretty ironic that a man who loves strippers as much as Drake does and dates them as often as he does would be so judgmental about stripping.

You can check out Maliah's tweets below.

Y'all don't know that nigga been trying to make me stop dancing. Always putting me down about it.

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

Always telling me I'm not better than anyone else in the club selling ass instead of dancing. But nigga can't stay out the club

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

Y'all just don't know. My only regret is ever trying to explain how much I love dancing. And thinking so highly of him

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

That I let his opinion of me mold my opinion of myself. Fuck that and fuck you if you got a problem

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

I remember pleading with him to understand. I said Beyoncé wears the same kind of stuff I wear

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

This nigga got mad and told me not to compare myself to Beyoncé

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

Bitch wha?! Don't you ever tell me not to compare myself to Beyoncé! I'm a woman that's what we do!!

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

No matter how light I tried to make things. Just always mean and hurtful. But whatever I'm done

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

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