RAY PATTERSON — 89, former president and GM of the National Basketball Association's Houston Rockets, died Aug. 3 at his home in Sugar Land, Texas. Patterson began as president and GM of the Rockets in 1972. At the time, Texas was a football-focused state. In order to get more support for the NBA in Texas, Patterson sent the Rockets to events in other cities around the state. During a particularly rough patch in the 70s, Patterson took out a loan against his families' home s...

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