Did you hear about the time Dolan had two employees spy on Melo during a game? It sounds like the opening line to a bad joke but as with most bizarre Dolan anecdotes, this is true. At least according to a report from the Star Ledger:
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.
As you can imagine, Knick forums had a field day with this one. Why would Dolan do such a thing? Well first of all why ever embark on another ill-fated endeavor to search for logic in one of Dolan’s eccentric decisions. I’m sure the Knicks and the Stasi their media team will dodge any questions on this matter but one could think that Dolan is doing this to have proof of the “verbal abuse” Melo has received from other players. Whether or not Melo even is aware of being recorded hasn’t been reported but I’m sure a grown man can’t be happy about the team continuing to take an issue he said was “settled” into laughable extremes.
Dolan has and always will be a punching bag for Knick fans. Stories like this continuingly show that regardless of what the Knicks record is, they will always have to deal with nonsense like this. I really don’t care to defend Dolan on this one. Regardless of whether or not this is his team, nothing positive can come from this. It’s even more embarrassing for Carmelo who now looks like that kid in class with the over protective parents. Hopefully this was a one time incident because knowing that Dolan is two late night drinks away from having a Predator Drone follow Melo around the garden can serve as an unnecessary distraction at the worst possible time. In case you haven’t noticed the Knicks have really come back to earth as of late and all these vets are showing their age. If reports are true about some off the court matters that Melo is dealing with in terms of his family, the last thing he needs to think about is having the boss hover his shoulder.
File this embarrassing episode in the Dolan cabinet and lets forget this ever happened.