Oh, James Dolan.
Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski has spilled a hilarious detail about bumbling Knicks owner's involvement in the great summer of 2010 free agent race, when the team made a run at LeBron and came away with Amar'e Stoudemire. Per Woj (emphasis mine):
When New York Knicks executives chased free agents in the summer of 2010, owner James Dolan made himself a part of the presentations. He isn't the most engaging, enchanting man, but Dolan does fancy himself a musician. So, yes, there were player and agent meetings four years ago when Dolan delivered a parting gift on the way out of the room.
"He passed out copies of his CD," said a source, who stuffed his copy of one into a bag and no longer remembers where it's gone.
It featured the melodies of JD and the Straight Shot, Dolan's corner-bar band that bought itself into the opening act on tour with the Eagles. Dolan's world revolves around the Eagles, and no one has helped meld his fantasy camp/groupie life of bad teams and super groups more gloriously than notorious ball-busting Eagles business manager Irving Azoff.
We all have our priorities. The NBA is rich with conspiracy theories and mysteries -- perhaps LeBron was shaken to his core by Dolan's country blues. That or Dolan's total lack of awareness.
And in case you missed it this past November, check out a Dolan-loathing Knicks fan's rewriting of the band's songs to mock the owner.
In a related story, Knicks fans who had planned a protest against ownership today still intend to see it through, but with a focus of imploring Dolan to let Phil Jackson do his job -- not meddle in personnel decisions, and, I imagine, hand out his CDs during player/agent meetings.
Are you stressed out Knicks fan? Let this music soothe you. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gpW2T3gIbY]