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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Knicks owner James Dolan reportedly tapes Carmelo Anthony’s on-court conversations

01.15.13 at 8:01 am ET

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‘™¦ According to multiple reports out of New York, Knicks owner James Dolan had audio technicians stationed at both ends of the Madison Square Garden court during the team’s two weekend games holding parabolic microphones designed to capture everything said by and to Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony recently was suspended one game for his postgame altercation with Kevin Garnett that began when the two exchanged insults on the court. Apparently, Dolan wanted a tape of every conversation Anthony had — perhaps so that he could vindicate the player if he’s involved in another confrontation, although the specific reason is unclear.

Said coach Mike Woodson on Monday: “I heard about it, but I don’t know about all of that, I don’t know where it came from.”

Said a league executive to the New York Post: “I’m sure they were trying to placate Carmelo Anthony over anything else. But it would [tick] me off if I didn’t know about it.”

‘™¦ Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel‘s parents got a pep talk from Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman recently, with the AD encouraging the freshman quarterback’s family to be more careful with his public persona.

Manziel, who was arrested last summer after he showed false identification following a fight outside a bar, tweeted a picture of himself holding a wad of cash at an Oklahoma casino last month, and a day later the 20-year-old was photographed partying at a Dallas bar.

“I told them he’s no longer a freshman, and he’s no longer a sophomore, junior or senior,” Hyman said Sunday. “He is a ‘Heisman.’ ‘€¦ It’s [about] education, and we’ve got to help the family and Johnny with the transition into being a Heisman award-winner. There are things you have to learn, and we have to help him with that.”

Said Manziel last week: “I’ve got to learn from [things] and move on, and make sure I don’t make some of the same mistakes.”

‘™¦ Tim Tebow‘s brother, Peter, took pleasure in the Broncos’ 38-35 overtime loss to the Ravens on Saturday. Apparently bitter over how Denver shipped his brother to New York following his memorable season in 2011, Peter tweeted after the game: Am I the only one in Denver who’s happy right now?

After the tweet made its way around the web, Peter apologized on Monday.

Tweeted Tim’s older brother: My comment after the game was uncalled for. I may root for another team but I should never gloat about anyone’s misfortune. I’m truly sorry.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 15, 1987, which Bruins forward recorded an assist in a 6-4 victory over the Hartford Whalers to become the 35th player in NHL history with 500 career assists?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’€™ve had a lot of people comment about our team and our players this year. I think the best thing that we do is we ignore the noise, we go out and we try to prepare. Nothing really that anybody says or does is going to affect what’€™s going to happen next Sunday. I think it’€™s best for us just to focus on what we can do, and that’€™s prepare and work and do what we’€™ve done all season. People want to say things or write things, they have the liberty to do that, but it doesn’€™t really have any bearing on what we do.” — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, during his Monday appearance on Dennis & Callahan

STAT OF THE DAY: 20 — Points scored by the Hawks in the first half of Monday night’s 97-58 loss to the Bulls, an all-time franchise low

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Magic guard Ish Smith leaps completely over a faking Wizards star John Wall and recovers in time to block Wall’s shot.

During halftime of Friday night’s Hawks game, a fan took a halfcourt shot for $1,000 and somehow managed to get the ball stuck on the back iron.

A security guard in Sacramento plays great defense against Dirk Nowitzki as the Mavericks forward tries to watch a replay with the game officials at the scorer’s table.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Rick Middleton

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Ronnie Van Zant, who was the lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd when he died in a plane crash in 1977, was born on this day in 1948.

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