NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 18: James Dolan, L, Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden, and Phil Jackson answer questions together during the press conference to announce Jackson as the President of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The New York Knicks continue to be a big joke in the NBA, which is amazing on so many levels. Knicks owner James Dolan will keep that theme going tonight as he apparently will not even be focusing on the NBA Draft. Instead, Dolan and his band will be performing on stage for fans of his acoustic stylings.

Dolan serves as both the lead singer and guitarist for the band, JD & The Straight Shot. You can catch a glimpse of Dolan’s musical act in the video below.

It’s not bad, if that’s your thing, but we cannot avoid a couple of key questions here. First, why would the owner of an NBA team schedule a concert for the same night as arguably the most important night on the NBA’s offseason calendar (free agency is kind of important too)? What owner does that? It may be worth asking when exactly this concert was scheduled just in case it was scheduled before the date of the NBA Draft was scheduled. Even if that was the situation, you would think Dolan, an NBA owner, would think it should be possible to reschedule with the venue for another date. But then again, Dolan lives in his own world, so not even bothering to reschedule his concert off the night of the draft seems entirely plausible.

True, the owner of an NBA team could have little to do the night of the draft with the rest of the front office all in on the same game plan for the franchise’s future. But the Knicks have been a complete mess on and off the court over the past year, and recent headlines have not yielded much reason to be optimistic about where Dolan’s franchise is going.

Maybe Dolan is just using singing and performing as his stress reliever from the rigors of owning the laughing stock of the NBA.


About Kevin McGuire

Contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Previously contributed to Host of the Locked On Nittany Lions Podcast. FWAA member and Philadelphia-area resident.