Owning Houston Rockets an act of loyalty and pride for Tilman Fertitta

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HOUSTON – They know this isn’t the NBA Finals – even if it might feel like it inside this Toyota Center owner’s suite at halftime.

It’s mid-January, smack-dab in the middle of the Houston Rockets’ rollicking regular season where James Harden, Chris Paul & Co. have convinced the masses that they’re for real. Yet in this jam-packed space that has become Tilman Fertitta’s second home, where the 59-year-old Galveston native with a reported wealth of $4.3 billion paid a record $2.2 billion to buy the Rockets from Les Alexander in early September, you’d never know this was one of 82. Fertitta is surrounded by everyone from his family to sports legends to music stars “Slim Thug” and “DJ Kaskade.”

The defending champion Golden State Warriors are in town, and…

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