Raymond Albert Patterson, Jr. was general manager of the NBA’s Houston Rockets from 1972 to 1990. He was named NBA Executive of the Year in 1977, and his Rockets appeared in the NBA Finals in 1981 and 1986. Among his most notable player acquisitions were Ralph Sampson in 1983 and Hakeem Olajuwon in 1984. He left the Rockets in 1990 with hopes of becoming co-owner of an NHL team in Houston, and was succeeded by his son, Steve. Ray Patterson’s NHL dreams never materialized, but he helped found an International Hockey League franchise, the Houston Aeros, in 1994.
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