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James Dolan, owner of the New York Knicks, has ordered Madison Square Garden technicians to record all in-game chatter. This happens following the trash talking and drama between the Knick Carmelo Anthony and Boston Celtic Kevin Garnett that led to Anthony’s suspension.
According to ESPN, the technicians are there to monitor chatter to protect Anthony, not spy or negatively effect him. Tim Frank, the NBA’s senior vice president of basketball communications, issued a statement verifying that the league had no problem with the Knicks’ on-court audio recordings.
The NY Post reports that an NBA executive who oppose Nolan’s act said, “As a player, I would be angry; as management, I would be angry. Did they have them near both benches? What’s to prevent them from shipping information to the home team?”
It’s a strong point. No one knows how far the information acquired through the microphones could be used against opposing teams. It makes teams adjust what they say in huddles and on the bench.