NBA Players We Want Mic'd Up

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NBA Players We Want Mic'd Up
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Maybe New York Knicks owner James Dolan was on to something.

According to Fred Kerber of the New York Post, Dolan employed two technicians to use sensitive microphones to record all in-game chatter surrounding Carmelo Anthony.

Dolan's decision was a reactionary strike in response to a feud between Anthony and Kevin Garnett that began on the hardwood inside Madison Square Garden when Garnett threw some choice words Anthony's direction reportedly involving Anthony's wife (via NESN.com).

The confrontation extended first to the hallway leading to the Boston Celtics locker room, where Anthony awaited Garnett. Anthony then moved out to the Celtics bus, waiting for Garnett to appear.

NBA commissioner David Stern reportedly threatened "sanctions from the league" for any team attempting to eavesdrop on opponents, but conceded that Dolan's did not violate any rules (according to Mark Woods via ESPNNewYork.com).

What if the microphones weren't meant for "eavesdropping," though? What if they weren't even meant to protect a franchise's star player from a war of words spilling over into the eyes (and ears) of the watchful media?

What if they were installed simply for the enjoyment of the fans dying to hear the in-game chatter of the sport's most colorful characters?

Wouldn't that be something?

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