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James Dolan let everybody know he’s a very busy man, then quit

“I am very busy (for this s**t)” — James Dolan, in paraphrase.

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After the Sphere Blockbuster and the “owning teams is kinda sleepy to me,” James Dolan decided Thanksgiving week was the proper one to release his latest flick.

“The NBA neither needs nor wants my opinion.”

Those are some of Dolan’s latest words, put in a statement sent to the free world by the New York Knicks owner on Tuesday in which he resigned from his position on the league’s board of governors, per ESPN.

Dolan told all other 29 franchises and the NBA—that is, all other 29 owners and commish Adam Silver—in full, that “Given all that has occurred lately, I have come to the conclusion that the NBA neither needs nor wants my opinion.”

Of course, Dolan only half-quit, as according to ESPN’s read of his memo he “didn’t relinquish voting power” for the Knicks, indicating however that he “would turn to Knicks general counsel Jamaal Lesane to represent the organization” in future BoG meetings.

“My hope is that the Knicks will be treated equally and fairly as all other NBA teams,” Dolan stated.

Wait, because the memo keeps on giving (emphasis always mine.)

“As you know, I am very busy with all my duties at MSG’s family of companies. I need to apply my time where I can be most productive.”


Dolan, who thinks he “won’t be beloved until [he’s] dead” because he’s a professional sports owner in New York, recently voted against Michael Jordan’s sale of the Charlotte Hornets, per the New York Post.

He also opposed adding a WNBA expansion team based in San Francisco, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The memo and Dolan’s comments came after the Knicks requested the NBA and Silver to not be the ones ruling the franchise’s lawsuit against the Raptors, instead letting the courts come up with a decision.

The Knicks launched a lawsuit against a former team employee, Ikechukwu Azotam, accusing him of sharing confidential information he stole from the franchise with his new organization, the Toronto Raptors. The lawsuit is seeking more than $10 million in damages, per reports.