In London, Carmelo Anthony praises Knicks owner

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 16, 2013 at 11:51 am •  Published: January 16, 2013
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LONDON (AP) — If MSG chairman James Dolan is listening to what Carmelo Anthony has to say in London, he'll probably be happy to hear it.

Two days after the Newark Star-Ledger reported that Dolan had put listening devices on the court to monitor everything said to and by Anthony, the New York Knicks forward spoke about the hubbub.

"I got an owner that looks out (for me)," Anthony said before practice Wednesday at London's O2 Arena. "You can't beat that."

The report said Dolan had technicians stationed at opposite corners of the court during Friday's home game against Chicago. Holding umbrella-shaped parabola microphones, they were told to record Anthony's interactions and send the tape directly to Dolan himself.

Anthony and Boston forward Kevin Garnett exchanged words during the Celtics' 102-96 victory Jan. 7. Anthony, clearly thrown off his game and finishing just 6-of-26 from the field, later tried to confront Garnett near the locker room and team bus and received a one-game suspension from the NBA.

Anthony would not reveal what was said by Garnett, only that it was something he felt a man shouldn't say to another man.

"If an owner tries to protect their players, trying to protect his player, you can't beat that," Anthony said one day after arriving in London.

The Knicks are in the British capital to play a regular-season NBA game against the Detroit Pistons on Thursday, the second time the league has come to London for a meaningful game.

And Knicks coach Mike Woodson easily was more interested in the Pistons than the miking story.

"I don't really care about the miking thing. I don't follow it and haven't followed it," Woodson said. "I got better things to worry about than this miking thing that you guys are talking about."

The Knicks are coming into the game off a 100-87 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday. And after Wednesday's game, they won't play again until they meet the Brooklyn Nets on Monday.

"This is not about vacation and I don't think any of us is treating it that way. This is a regular-season game. It's a game that we got to win," Woodson said. "It's not about vacation time. Vacation's in the summer."

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