With the rest of the media world playing checkers and focusing in on the introduction of Phil Jackson and how he might be able to right the ship, Adrian Wojnarowski proved to be playing chess, digging through a whole mess of dirt to uncover the real gem in this Jackson to New York story:
NEW YORK – 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.
I mean, it's just so beautiful isn't it? Of course that's what he did.
The Cleveland Cavaliers organize a 'Stay Lebron' parade. The New Jersey/ Brooklyn Nets have a six hour presentation that features Jay Z. The Miami Heat do Miami Heat things. Jim Dolan tells Lebron 'Hey man, before you leave, why don't you try THESE tasty licks on for size' and hands him a compact disk. 'Thought you might want something to throw in your discman on the riiiiiide home.' (If It's not clear, I used multiple I's in 'ride' to indicate that Jim Dolan was also doing a really cool motion with his hand while he was saying that).
Sure, New York's a nice city and there's some allure to playing in Madison Square Garden. But you know what's really cool? Playing for an owner who ROCKS.
I mean, that's probably how they got Amare the year before, right? Not the money. Not D'Antoni. Not the potential to be the face of the franchise in the most famous city in the country. Naw. Dude realized he could chill with the guy who bought his way to being able to open for what is surely Amare Stoudemire's favorite band, the Eagles.
It's a tough pill for Knicks fans to swallow. If the team was this poor with JD handing out free copies of his funky jamz, imagine what could happen if Phil makes him stop?
Matt Richissin 3/19/2014 10:21:00 AM Tweet