File this under “James Dolan weirdness,” but according to a report in the Star Ledger, Knicks owner James Dolan had MSG employees recording Carmelo Anthony during the Knicks’ game against Chicago 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.
I literally have no idea what to make of this, but feel at least somewhat assured that it will have no bearing on how the team plays on the court. Knicks’ fans have had to just get used to Jimmy Dolan’s mercurial ways, and there’s really just no way of getting around it. We can take heart that the team finally has a good front office in place, a good group of personnel on the court and a winning team, but it doesn’t mean we’re going to be able to make it through whole seasons without the occasional, “Wait, what the hell did Dolan just do?” stories popping up. It’s just the cost of doing business with this franchise.