Knicks' Carmelo Anthony: My owner looks out for me

Carmelo Anthony looks on during a Knicks practice

Carmelo Anthony looks on during a Knicks practice before their NBA London Live 2013 game against the Detroit Pistons at O2 Arena. (Jan. 16, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

LONDON -- Carmelo Anthony said he had no problem with his on-court conversations being recorded by the Knicks and that he is appreciative management cares enough to try to protect him.

Two technicians held microphones at each end of the Garden court last Friday night to record what was being said to and by 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.

"I got an owner that looks out [for me]," Anthony said after practice Wednesday at London's O2 Arena. "You can't beat that. For an owner to protect his players you can't beat that. That shows you how much loyalty Mr. Dolan has."

Anthony was suspended by the NBA for one game for confronting Kevin Garnett of the Celtics near the locker rooms and in the parking garage after the game 10 days ago. The two exchanged heated words during the game that were reportedly sparked by comments Garnett made about Anthony's wife, LaLa Vasquez. Garnett was not punished by the league.

Anthony told the New York Post on Tuesday he had no idea he was being taped Friday. The team had no comment on the matter, and Knicks coach Mike Woodson said it's a non-issue.

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

The Dolan family owns controlling interests in the Knicks, Madison Square Garden and Cablevision. Cablevision owns Newsday.

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