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Report: James Dolan gave out copies of his CD during 2010 (summer of LeBron) free agent meetings

Mar 19, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

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The New York Knicks cleared massive amounts of cap room in 2010 to pursue free agents like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

No wonder they had to settle for Amar’e Stoudemire.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

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.

Dolan infamously serves as front man for JD & The Straight Shot, a blues and rock band that gets on bigger stages due to his wealth. In 2011, The New York Times music critic Jon Pareles called Dolan“a karaoke-grade singer.”

Even if JD & The Straight Shot were excellent, I just can’t imagine many NBA players would go gaga over a band led by someone who’s obsessed with The Eagles. Sometimes, the best way to overcome the generation gap is just to avoid it. Instead, Dolan literally put it in the hands of players he was trying to woo.

To be fair to Dolan, he’s apparently learned. Riding ATVs in the desert, eating in a restaurant kitchen and attending 150-person parties where Chelsea Handler is one of two females present – not handing out CDs – that’s how to lure a catch like Phil Jackson.

  1. bucrightoff - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Such a terrible owner. What a clown.

  2. jucam1 - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    I love the Dolan era, between him and Baby Huwey Buss, i could maje millions with a reality show called “NBA House Morons”… Ok, name is awful, but I’ll work on it…. Patent Pending!!!!

  3. campcouch - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    How many franchises did 2010 destroy. So many teams jettison or traded players to make cap space and the most sought after FAs pulled an okie doke and went to Miami. Teams are still trying to recover from that gamble four years ago.

    • casualcommenter - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      It’s not really a difficult question to answer. At most, the Heat’s Big 3 could have stayed separate and gone to 3 different franchises.

      Therefore, even if they hadn’t teamed up, several teams were going to be disappointed anyway. By teaming up, instead of 3 different franchises getting those guys, only 1 did, so only 2 franchises were deprived.

      The rest wouldn’t have gotten one due to basic math…

      • lowercasejay - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        Tons of teams are going to do it again next year for a shot at LeBron, Love, etc. And then teams that don’t play that game will get stronger in the draft, like Indiana or Portland have. When you gamble, you lose more often than not.

  4. jolink653 - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Ughhhh. Just ughhhh

    Did anyone else watch the press conference and hold their breath every time Dolan opened his mouth, thinking that he would somehow manage to say something to screw things up? The guy just sounds like an idiot when he talks.

  5. mackcarrington - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    I understand his CD’s make great coasters and wind chimes.

  6. prosourcetalk - Mar 19, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Dolan is such a tool.

  7. antistratfordian - Mar 19, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Well, I won’t be as harsh on Dolan as some here – there is an ancient Greek proverb meaning ‘Hidden music counts for nothing’ and I would always encourage people with any sort of musical inclination to share their work.

    And Dolan may only be a karaoke grade singer, but at least he has the stones to get on stage and put himself out there – which is more than most can say.

    “Hide not your talents, they for use were made,
    What’s a sundial in the shade?”

    ― Benjamin Franklin

    • ProBasketballPundit - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      Are you nuts? What he did isn’t “sharing his music” it’s leveraging his position with the Knicks and from previous endeavors to push his side project on people. And he couldn’t have picked a more inappropriate time; when he’s supposed to be 100% focused on the Knicks and their free agency. It’s unprofessional.

      • antistratfordian - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:22 AM

        He is allowed to attempt to share his music in any way he sees fit. And he is kind of obligated to “push his side project on people” – that is what most musicians do out of necessity. It may be a unprofessional depending on how it’s handled, but that’s his prerogative.

        In any case, it didn’t seem to bother Phil Jackson or Carmelo Anthony.

  8. bbk1000 - Mar 20, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    JD & The Straight Shot???? HAHAHA…

    He’s a G.M….He’s a musician…He’s a fool…

    He sounds like a spoiled brat who never heard the word no as a child. Larry Brown told him no…Donnie Walsh told him no…..

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