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Carmelo pretty much shrugs when told he was being recorded

Jan 16, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT

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What is he going to say, “my owner sucks?”

Nobody is going to be recording what is said the Carmelo Anthony on the court this week as the Knicks only play one game and that is against the Pistons in London. But the discussion of Knicks owner James Dolan assigning MSG employees to record everything said to ‘Melo on the court in response to what happened in a disagreement with Kevin Garnett continues to follow him.

Carmelo was asked about it in London, and what he told Marc Berman of the New York Post amounted to a shrug.

“I don’t care about the microphones, ‘’ Anthony told The Post in the hotel lobby. “I wasn’t aware of it. I found out on the plane [ride].’…

“I don’t think the mikes are going to stop what goes out on the court,’’ Anthony said. “But it was funny when I heard it. No, I wasn’t upset. Not at all.”

Then at the Wednesday morning practice Anthony said, “I got an owner who looks out for me. You can’t beat that, an owner that protects his players.”

What’s he going to say?

This is a little embarrassing for Anthony, but it’s not on him. This is Dolan — the guy who wanted Anthony on his team, who overruled his GM to get him, who wanted New York-born Anthony as the face of the franchise — watching out for his star. It’s about ego and feeling like a papa bear more than anything.

But Anthony can take care of himself.

  1. libertynchurch - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Carmello needs trash-talk protection after Balling his way through Red Hook and West Baltimore? Plueezze! More than likely, this audio will be used on VH1, and is being captured at Melo’s request.

  2. smoochytherhino - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    With how much he gets paid by Dolan I don’t think Melo would care if they recorded him singing in the shower.

  3. nbascreed - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    I think you’re missing the point with all the “papa bear” musings. Carmelo is having an MVP year and the Knicks are in full resurgence mode. I thought it was a silly move on Dolan’s party but I thought his motivation was much more business oriented. To both prove to the public and to Stern that his star was the victim in the whole kerfuffle, thus protecting Melo’s marketability and status.

  4. nokoolaidcowboy - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Carmelo is enough of a Diva, now what is he supposed to do with this? These distractions don’t help him do what he needs to do which is just play ball.

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