Monday, January 14th, 2013 at 10:40 am  |  18 responses

Knicks Owner James Dolan Recorded What Carmelo Anthony Says on the Court

Perhaps the word “spying” is a tad strong here, but we’re at a loss as to what it else this could be: the Star-Ledger reports that New York Knicks owner James Dolan commanded MSG employees to record every utterance that Carmelo Anthony made Friday night against the Chicago Bulls, following his dustup with Kevin Garnett last week. Amazing: “For reasons only he can explain — but probably wouldn’t, at least not without an act of Congress — Jim Dolan made a few MSG Network employees perform a surreptitious duty during the Knicks’ game against Chicago on Friday night. Two audio technicians were stationed at two corners of the court — one a few feet just behind the Knicks bench, the other diagonally opposite — and they were holding those umbrella-shaped contraptions known as parabola microphones, which fed the audio into a DAT recorder on the truck on the loading dock. These guys had one directive from Dolan: Record every syllable Carmelo Anthony utters and absorbs while he’s on the court and on the bench, the Madison Square Garden CEO ordered them, and send the tape directly to me. The purpose of this command was unclear, but Dolan must have had a good reason to eavesdrop on Melo’s interactions. Was it to luxuriate in the poetic musings of his most valuable player, even though he is far from his most voluble player? Was it a teaching tool, so his coaches could school Melo on the potential hazards of courtside misconduct? Or perhaps it was done to furnish proof to the NBA that his meal ticket is now a verbal target, particularly with notorious motormouths such as Joakim Noah and Nate Robinson in town that night for a full-court yakfest?”

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  • JML-G

    James Dolan Bond

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    I’m not sure why he needed to do this. Can’t TV microphones/audio equipment pick up all this stuff any way? They just choose not to let viewers hear it.

  • roscoe

    this is questionable and should be interesting to watch what unfolds…

  • Conor

    This is absolutely unethical.

  • Comment_System

    Worst owner in the league and this is one added reason.

  • RayJr

    Wtf is an understatement.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Ehhhh, I’ve heard worse

  • SpaceGhostJesus

    You know you want to listen to it too.

  • The Philosopher

    He’s doing that to protect themselves from a future fine or suspension, no? Dolan can say, “Look, I have the tape. It wasn’t Carmelo’s fault!!”

  • bike

    He wants to gather enough evidence to convince Stern that players are forbidden to utter the words “Honey Nut Cheerios”.

  • Hugo Silva

    Na i think the NBA has taken all action on this case. No need to look back at the incident.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donte-Machiavelli-Hudson/100000723951750 Donte Machiavelli Hudson

    Rumors that everyone in the organization wants to trade melo EXCEPT Dolan. So maybe he’s looking for reason to. Imo

  • Lorne

    Actually, he’s tied with Sterling.

  • name

    dolan pls.

  • D_B

    Whoa whoa whoa. TBD. Jim Buss is making a strong case for most improved owner in the realm of terribleness.

  • katW

    It’s a statement that doesn’t do a thing justice.

  • MikeC.

    Dolan has a history of “big brothering” MSG, but this seems more like Dolan wanting to show what is being said to Melo in case he wants to stand by a bus again.