LONDON -- Although NBA commissioner David Stern did not confirm that the Knicks put extra microphones on the court for last Friday's game against the Bulls, he said they wouldn't have violated any rules if they had put them there.
"There are microphones in our game all the time and there were no rules violated with respect to this," Stern said Thursday. "We encourage all of our teams to mike the court the best they can.''
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Two technicians held microphones at each end of the Garden court last Friday night to record what was being said to and by Carmelo Anthony when the Knicks played the Bulls, according to the Star-Ledger of Newark. Various reports indicated that this was authorized by Madison Square Garden executive chairman James Dolan.
"If a team does something to eavesdrop on the other players, then they would be sanctioned because it would be against our rules," Stern said. "But there's a difference between eavesdropping, such as putting microphones in the locker room or the huddle -- other than the one the league does -- and putting mikes around the court to pick up the sounds of the game."
The Knicks had no comment on what Stern said and have not confirmed reports about adding microphones. Stern said he is a fan of more mikes being used to enhance the television viewing experience, as the NFL does with quarterbacks.
"We do nothing but aim microphones on the court," Stern said. " . . . I'd like to see the audio track of our games be a little bit more robust. If anything, there will be more mikes around than fewer."
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controlling interests in the Knicks, Madison Square
Garden and Cablevision.
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