Just imagine you're a free agent in the NBA, and you're meeting with the New York Knicks to discuss a possible future that involves playing home games within the friendly confines of Madison Square Garden.
You listen to the entire pitch, one that revolves around playing in a major market for a team that is in dire need of a savior. Then on the way out, you're stopped by James Dolan, the owner of the franchise that hasn't won a championship since 1973.
"Here, have this," he says as you walk out the door.
You look down and see it's a copy of an album by JD and the Straight Shot, so you think for a second and wonder why this is happening. You've never heard of this band...but then you make the connection. Dolan's initials are JD, but can he actually be this much of a self-promoting owner, one who is immediately going to take away the focus from the pitch he just made?
Yikes. That's tacky.
This sounds too crazy to be true, but it is true. Maybe Dolan didn't actually say those exact words, but Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the scenario really did unfold when the Knicks were pursuing free agents during the summer of 2010:
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.
Here's hoping that the anonymous source is LeBron James himself, who was by far the biggest prize of the 2010 offseason bonanza. Can you imagine LeBron receiving the CD and then listening to it on his car ride back to a New York hotel?
For some reason, that's not exactly what I picture the reigning MVP jamming out to.
"Dolan is infamous for his meddling, most recently hijacking the Anthony trade negotiations from Donnie Walsh," writes Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. "Dolan also promised full autonomy back then but eventually reneged despite Walsh playing the part of the good company man."
Apparently we can add egregious self-promotion to his list of flaws.
Fortunately for the Knicks, it's unlikely stories like this pop up going forward. With Phil Jackson now in charge and being granted autonomy for all basketball decisions, Dolan will presumably be more uninvolved than ever before.
Unless a free-agent pitch revolves around music, of course.