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Report: Dolan Used His Music To Help Lure Players To Knicks In ’10

Knicks owner James Dolan (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Knicks owner James Dolan (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Knicks owner James Dolan doesn’t pretend to be a brilliant basketball mind.

He admitted as much on Tuesday during Phil Jackson’s introductory press conference at Madison Square Garden.

“I am by no means an expert in basketball,” Dolan said. “A fan, but my expertise lies in managing companies and businesses. So I think I’m a little out of my element when it comes to the team. I found myself in a position where I needed to be more a part of the decision-making for a while.”

Specifically, he found himself in that position in 2010.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Dolan helped in the process of luring free agents to Manhattan in the summer of 2010.

A musician — you may or may not have heard of his band, “JD and the Straight Shot” — Dolan attempted to use his music to his advantage when trying to encourage players to sign with the Knicks.

After meetings with free agents, the Executive Chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company proceeded to give players a little something to take home with them, according to Wojnarowski.

“He passed out copies of his CD,” a source told Wojnarowski.

It’s a good thing that Jackson is in town.

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