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Report: Knicks’ Dolan Ordered On-Court Recordings To ‘Protect’ Anthony

James Dolan  (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images), Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

James Dolan (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images), Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — What exactly is going on at Madison Square Garden?

On Friday night, Knicks owner James Dolan had audio technicians from the MSG Network stand at two corners of the court with sensitive parabola microphones to record the in-game chatter of star Carmelo Anthony, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

The tapes were reportedly sent “directly” to Dolan.

Well, according to the New York Post, the owner continued his spy games on Sunday with the New Orleans Hornets in town.

The directive was made to “protect the combustible Anthony from another ‘he said-he said’ dispute,” the Post reported. The NBA suspended Anthony one game last week for his postgame stalking of Boston’s Kevin Garnett, which stemmed from a heated back-and-forth on the court.

Garnett reportedly made a remark about Anthony’s wife. Celtics coach Doc Rivers later insisted that wasn’t the case.

“I heard about (the story), but I don’t know about all of that, I don’t know where it came from,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said of the report of microphones focused on Anthony, according to the Post. “Absolutely not. I’m distracted in other areas, and that’s watching these guys run up and down the floor and play basketball.”

One NBA executive told the paper that Dolan’s reported actions “border on ‘Spygate.’ ”

“As a player, I would be angry; as management, I would be angry. … This borders on bugging a phone or putting a camera in someone’s office,” the exec said.

To protect and serve Melo? Do you buy it? Be heard in the comments!