Ex-Rockets owner Breitbard dies

SAN DIEGO (AP) Bob Breitbard, who owned the NBA’s San Diego Rockets and was a high school classmate and close friend of Ted Williams, has died of natural causes. He was 91.

Breitbard had been in ailing health. His death Monday morning was confirmed by the San Diego Hall of Champions, which Breitbard founded.

“He was a good man,” said Al Kidd, the Hall of Champions president. “He did a lot for the community.”

Breitbard owned the San Diego Rockets from their expansion season of 1967-68 until he sold them in 1971 to Texas businessmen who moved the team to Houston.