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James Dolan Apparently Used To Play Guitar On Knicks Plane After Losses


New York Knicks owner James Dolan certainly isn't known around the association as one of the better leaders.

In fact, he's hated by a lot of New Yorkers for his attitude and decisions made about the team. In one piece by ESPN's Ian O'Connor, he breaks down the life and success of Dolan, revealing to some that the guy really isn't all that bad.

Though, in one particular case, he notes some situations that have earned him his bad reputation over the years.

This is the Dolan dichotomy. Bad Jim is the owner who once battled the Yankees and denied fans televised games as a casualty of unnecessary cable squabbles, and who inspired some Garden officials to wish his father would rein him in. Bad Jim is the owner some believe dearly misses the wisdom and guidance of Marc Lustgarten, who died of pancreatic cancer in 1999 (stirring Dolan's all-out support of the Lustgarten Foundation, which has directed $165 million to pancreatic cancer research) and who knew how to play away from Dolan's weaknesses. Bad Jim is the owner who years ago, on occasion, would play his guitar on the Knicks' team plane -- even after losses, according to several witnesses. "It was the last thing the players and coaches wanted to hear," says one regular on those flights. "I just remember the looks on their faces." (Dolan denies this claim and calls it "somebody's fantasy.")

According to one source, Dolan would literally play his guitar out loud, for the whole team to hear, on the flight home after bad losses. No doubt, it's not exactly something anybody feels like enduring after a rough game.

Nonetheless, this type of "me-first" attitude seems to be what Dolan lives for. All these years with the Knicks, it might be why they've never done very well under his tenure. While Dolan isn't all bad and is not even close to being their biggest problem, he might want to move a little more carefully from now on if he wants New York to sign any of the star available free-agents this upcoming summer.