It might not be as heated of a rivalry as Larry Bird and Magic Johnson from the eighties, but Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett have garnered the attention of many fans as of late.
The two star players were named Eastern Conference All-Star starters on Thursday as the NBA announced the final results in fan voting. LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Rajon Rondo will also start beside Anthony and Garnett.
Anthony was recently suspended for confronting Garnett numerous times about a particular comment involving the star forward’s wife. Usually the two are on opposite benches, but how they play together will be the main question come February 17th during All-Star weekend in Houston.
This would be the perfect time for owner James Dolan to use his technicians to record on-court conversations, seeing as he did so while the Knicks played the Chicago Bulls. Even though the allegations could potentially be true, Commissioner David Stern and Anthony are both supporting the owner’s actions.
“There are microphones in our game all the time and there were no rules violated with respect to this,” Stern said on Thursday as reported by the New York Daily News. “We encourage all of our teams to mike the court the best they can.”
Anthony responded well to the allegations that Dolan was miking the games and even went as far as to support him. “I got an owner that looks out (for me),” Anthony said before practice Wednesday at London’s O2 Arena as reported in an article by Lohud.com. “You can’t beat that. (eh)?”
Whatever the circumstances may be, there has been a bit too much spotlight outside of the realm of basketball. Even though Carmelo is scoring 29.9 points per game with a 25.5 player efficiency rating and is shooting 58 percent for his true shooting percentage, the Knicks need to do more to secure the Atlantic Division. After playing poor defense in their last few contests, the Nets are slowly creeping towards first place in the division, and stronger play against a few weaker opponents should tighten the team’s grip on the division moving towards All-Star break.
In regards to Anthony and Garnett, the two players won’t have to wait until the middle of February to have their four quarter contender fight since the Knicks face off with the Celtics next Thursday. Hopefully Dolan will have his microphones ready.