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Report: Knicks owner James Dolan has spies record what Carmelo says on court

Jan 14, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

James L. Dolan AP

Anywhere else this would be instantly dismissed as ridiculous, but with James Dolan owning the Knicks — an organization that can be incredibly secretive — it seems plausible.

Dave D’Alessandro of the Star-Ledger reports that Dolan had Knicks employees spying on everything Carmelo Anthony said and had said to him during the Knicks home loss Friday night to the Bulls.

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.


Obviously this stems out of last week, when Kevin Garnett said something on the court to Anthony (reportedly something kind of amusing about ‘Melo’s wife) that got under his skin, they both got technical fouls, and then Anthony tried to continue the “conversation” near the team bus. Which led to Anthony being suspended for a game.

But still, why?

You really think you’re going to learn anything from listening to a recording of what is said in the trenches of an NBA game? You’re going to learn that guys say really nasty things to each other in the heat of competition, things said so a player might lose his focus and not play as well. If you send a recording of that to the league office, they can send you one back of any other game that night where similar things are said.

What matters is it worked. Anthony got thrown off his game and was suspended because of it. That’s on Anthony, not KG. Anthony is the Knicks leader and he needs to act like it. It sounds like he got the message, but we’ll see. You know every other team is going at this now.

  1. nycalldayz - Jan 14, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Why am I not surprise? This is typical nonsense from the Knicks organization.

  2. reupjosh - Jan 14, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Prokorov > Dolan

    • mazblast - Jan 15, 2013 at 1:38 AM

      Big deal. A cat that’s been dead for two weeks is better than Dolan.

    • saint1997 - Jan 15, 2013 at 6:20 AM

      yeh but Knicks > Nets so who really cares

  3. LPad - Jan 14, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    I wouldn’t sell this short so quickly. The Mark Cuban approach does work occasionally. A recent example is what Dan Ferry did. If he doesn’t get that tape to a ref, who sends it to the league office, Rondo doesn’t get suspended. Teams are always sending in videos about stuff, sometimes the league reacts and sometime the league doesn’t. Another example, is the video about Kobe saying the gay slur so Stern does react to stuff like this.

    If stuff is being said that goes beyond the normal line of trash talk, the league will most likely react if there is a tape for it. Not publicly, but you’ll see an increase in techs being handed out in the first quarter.

  4. cantonbound13 - Jan 14, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Nothing surprises me about Dolan. After all, this is the only clown that allowed Isiah to run his team over 5 years,waste hundreds of millions in bad contracts & sexually harass employees. If it weren’t for his father, Jimmy D would be flipping burgers in some fast food restaurant making minimum wage.

  5. badintent - Jan 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Dolan – Prokorov+KGB =Wikileaks+Odrama’s administraton
    Buss+ Maloof = Stupid California connection.
    World Bank + Greece= Rothchild Jewish bank country takeover
    Navy Seals+ Melo=boston Cs destruction
    NRA + Gun makers=too many dead innnocent people
    next question

    • slowclyde86 - Jan 14, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      Normal person – laughs – intellect = badintent

      Did I get the “next question” right?

  6. stoudemelo - Jan 14, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Kurt’s at it again.

    Any chance that Dolan wants to know what is being said to Melo not what he is saying to other players?

    Confirmed reports (by actualy reports not bloggers like Kurt) are that KG was the one doing the trash talk

    I don’t blame Dolan one bit he had to give Melos game check to the league and not the Anthony. That also caused the Knicks to lose because of KG being an idiot. The nba wants to promote this image by making player dress in suits to games and donate their time to charity but they can be idiots on the court? Be professional

    • illegalblues - Jan 14, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      right on, stoudemelo. you’ve got the right idea, stoudemelo. tell me more about your ideas regarding trash talk, stoudemelo. i’m just curious, stoudemelo.

  7. md228010 - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    gO pACERS!

    • cantonbound13 - Jan 14, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      Pacers???? Shouldn’t you be out cow tipping or dating your first cousin?

      • mazblast - Jan 15, 2013 at 1:40 AM

        It’s one thing to be ignorant, another to announce it publicly.

      • davidly - Jan 15, 2013 at 8:01 AM

        Just for that, I’m gonna fight your dad!

  8. thomaskouns - Jan 14, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Look up the word ‘creep’ in Webster’s dictionary and it says – see James Dolan.

  9. BigBeachBall - Jan 14, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    New York Knicks = NBA’s NSA.

  10. 1historian - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    there is a LONG list of reasons why I no longer care about the nba and this is just one more

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