According to the report:
Two audio technicians were stationed at two corners of the court — one a few feet just behind the Knicks bench, the other diagonally opposite — and they were holding those umbrella-shaped contraptions known as parabola microphones, which fed the audio into a DAT recorder on the truck on the loading dock.
These guys had one directive from Dolan: Record every syllable Carmelo Anthony utters and absorbs while he’s on the court and on the bench, the Madison Square Garden CEO ordered them, and send the tape directly to me.
While Dolan did not reveal his motivations behind eavesdropping on Anthony, Dolan decided to do so after the NBA had suspended Anthony for a game for trying to escalate an already tense situation with Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett last week.
After Anthony and Garnett exchanged heated words on the court, Anthony reportedly went into the Celtics locker room after the game and yelled at Garnett. According to reports, Anthony also waited for Garnett by the Celtics’ team bus and had to be restrained by Knicks head coach Mike Woodson.