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Knicks owner James Dolan covered expenses for David Stern memorial

James Dolan does not boast one of the more flattering reputations in league circles, but the New York Knicks owner certainly earns high marks for covering the expenses associated with Tuesday’s memorial service for former NBA commissioner David Stern in New York City.

Amid the ongoing tributes and remembrances to Stern that continue to emerge, NBA royalty descended upon Radio City Music Hall to pay their respects to the former commissioner, who passed away on Jan. 1 at the age of 77 after suffering a brain hemorrhage in early December.

Dolan, whose The Madison Square Garden Company owns the iconic Radio City Music Hall, footed the bill for the service, as relayed by Ian Begley of SNYtv.

As noted in the tweet from Marc Berman of the New York Post shared by Begley, the Knicks called off practice Tuesday so the team could attend Stern’s memorial.

Dolan has presided over an era of organization-wide dysfunction since assuming full control of the Knicks back in 2000. His tenure represents an unprecedented stretch of ineptitude perhaps unseen before in NBA history.

Still, while Dolan is routinely on the receiving end of an abundance of criticism, perhaps fairly in many respects, his thoughtful gesture when it came to Stern’s memorial deserves nothing but praise.