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.
“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.
“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.”
“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.”
“The orange and blue, baby,” said Lee, who has been in London many times but is in the city to watch his beloved Knicks for the first time. “My wife gave me permission to come to the game.”
The NBA came to Europe in 2011, with the then-New Jersey Nets swept a two-game series against the Toronto Raptors at the O2, the first regular-season games to be played in Europe.
“How can I forget? It was a special time in my life, a special moment,” Anthony said. “Just to be back in this arena once again, having a chance to play one last time back here in London in front of the fans who’ve been very gracious to myself and the game of basketball.”
The schedule this year has only one NBA game in London, making it quite a long way to go for only 48 minutes of action.
“At the end of the day it’s competition,” Pistons center Greg Monroe said. “This is a game we have to take very seriously. They’re a very good team; we understand it’s a business trip.
“We’re enjoying ourselves as much as possible, but I think everybody is focused on the right thing.”
The Pistons had the earlier practice Wednesday, giving the players the afternoon off to explore the city. That’s when the vacation feel is more likely to take hold.
“As long as they don’t get trapped in the Tower of London,” Pistons coach Lawrence Frank joked.
“That’s part of the maturity of being a professional,” Frank added. “When you step off this hardwood, enjoy yourselves. But when you step back on, you got to be locked in.”
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