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DP man starts fundraiser to buy Rockets, but has donation plans in mind

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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Moments after Houston Rockets’ owner Les Alexander announced he was putting the NBA franchise for sale, speculation on a prospective buyer’s list has begun. While some of the Bayou City’s wealthiest entrepreneurs are rumored to be in the market for the team, one Deer Park man has tossed his hat into the ring. Through a GoFundMe account, Bennie Boles will either gather funds to purchase the Rockets or make a donation to the 100 Club.

bolesrocketsDeer Park resident Bennie Boles has started a Go Fund Me account in hopes of purchasing the Houston Rockets. Should he fall short of the $2 billion possibly needed to buy the team, all the funds from his endeavor will be donated to the 100 Club. Photo provided by Bennie Boles.Jim McIngvale. Tillman Fertitta. Scott Duncan.

Bennie Boles?

A Deer Park man has started a GoFundMe fundraiser in an attempt to purchase the Houston Rockets. After 24 years of ownership and two NBA championships, Rockets’ owner Les Alexander announced Monday he was selling the team.

The announcement sent shockwaves through the Houston sports community as the Rockets are valued at $1.65 billion by Forbes Magazine.

Shortly after the announcement Houstonians began to speculate on who would could buy the NBA’s eighth most valuable franchise and have the desire to keep the team in Houston. Names like Landry’s mogul Tilman Fertitta, Enterprise Products heir Scott Duncan and Gallery Furniture’s Jim McIngvale immediately topped the what-if lists.

That’s when Boles, a Deer Park resident decided to give potential NBA ownership a whirl.

“It was a spur of the moment kind of a deal,” he said. “I figured we could either raise enough money to buy the Rockets or if the funding falls short, we can give what was raised to the 100 Club of Houston.”

Boles’ Go Fund Me page is at https://www.gofundme.com/keep-the-rockets

Boles is a sergeant with the La Porte Police Department. While he does not expect to raise the more than $2 billion that is thought to be necessary to buy the Rockets, he feels he and other donors can help.

The 100 Club assists survivors of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty and donates funds to purchase equipment. The organization also provides scholarships for furthering peace officer training and education.

“I just received a scholarship from the 100 Club, so I thought it would be a good time to shed light on what all they do,” Boles said. “None of this fundraiser is for any kind of personal gain.”

While the thought of NBA ownership is exciting, Boles is pretty sure his bid will fall short and that the 100 Club will receive a donation.

But what if he raised the funds to buy the Rockets?

“I’ve thought about that too, that’s for sure. My perspective of the game would be as a fan. I would hire people who knew what they were doing,” he said. “I think the Rockets are doing a great job and it’s a great experience going to a game.”

With NBA ownership comes responsibilities, such as Rockets all-star James Harden’s record-breaking $228 million contract.

“Well that’s what we need the Go Fund Me for,” Boles laughed. “You have to take those things into account too.”

Boles said if he were to own the team, he would always sit courtside because he loves the atmosphere and he would also work on making it easier for Rockets fans to get in and out of the Toyota Center.