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June 24, 2013 Updates

Miami Heat parties are so ballin'... even their most hated enemies will bow down for a chance to hang with the champs -- just ask #1 Knicks fan Spike Lee! LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh hosted a sick bash at Club Bamboo on South Beach Friday night -- with a ton of celeb guests. Drake and Timbaland were there -- as well as actual Heat fan Flo Rida. TMZ.com

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According to Freezy, San Antonio Spurs Head coach Gregg Popovich asked that his crew not be allowed back because they were getting too rowdy in support of the Heat. “They were just telling me we had too much energy and the head coach complained about it,” Freezy claimed. “Them cats want an easy win. They ain’t used to that Miami Heat support right next to them in their ears.” Freezy was also asked to leave the arena by the Indiana Pacers during the Eastern Conference Finals, but he said the Pacers were more disrespectful about it than the Spurs. “The Spurs are just scared,” he explained. “They’re scared of the energy. The Pacers were disrespectful. The Spurs don’t want that building to erupt around them. What I do to cheer for my team is no different than what Spike Lee does in New York or Jack Nicholson does in LA.” Larry Brown Sports

May 11, 2013 Updates

Spike Lee reportedly offered $40,000 for four tickets next to the Indiana Pacers bench for Saturday night’s playoff game, but seat owner Stewart Reed turned down the noted New York Knicks fan. Reed, co-owner of Fuzzy Zoeller’s Vodka, mentioned the film director’s proposal while visiting Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where his business is primary sponsor on Ed Carpenter’s No. 20 car entered in the 97th Indy 500. Lee, wearing his Knicks’ John Starks jersey, ended up seated on the floor across the court from the end of the Knicks’ bench. Indianapolis Star

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August 7, 2012 Updates

Rosanna Scotto tried. She really tried. On Good Day New York interview with Spike Lee this morning, the Fox anchor – a Brooklyn native, not coincidentally – whipped out a goodie bag with Brooklyn Nets merchandise sent over by team CEO Brett Yormark (I don’t want to hear him say again that he doesn’t see the Knicks as a business rival). The cap was the only item that made it out of the bag, and it was adamantly rejected by Lee. “Just slip it on,” Scotto pleaded. “Just slip it on.” “Sorry, I can’t do it. I can’t do it,” Lee said. New York Daily News

August 4, 2012 Updates

Will this man in his “Republic of Brooklyn” shirt, this filmmaker who made the borough of his childhood a living, breathing character in six movies over 26 years, now forsake his beloved New York Knicks and root for the Brooklyn Nets? Spike Lee shoots a sideways glance suggesting the reporter is guilty of early morning drug use. “I wish I had a dollar for every time people ask me that — I could finance another film,” he says. “No, no and no. Can’t do that. Can’t. “I am orange and blue, baby,” he says in reference to the colors of the Knicks. “Orange and blue.” New York Times

He waves his arms at the scene. (Caution: The difficulty for a writer bound by The New York Times’s style is that Spike Lee is gorgeously fluent in New Yorkese, including our birthright use of a certain four-letter word as verb, noun, adjective and adverb.) “The diversity of this place is great,” he says. “But if every” New Yorker “is a millionaire, then New York City is going to suck!” New York Times

February 24, 2012 Updates

“Jeremy Lin is a good player, but all the hype is because he’s Asian,” the WBC welterweight champion tweeted earlier this month. “Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise.’’ Lee immediately took to Twitter to respond to Mayweather’s comments and defend Lin. “Floyd Mayweather I Hope You Watched Jeremy Hit The Gamewinning 3 Pointer With .005 Seconds Left.Our Guy Can BALL PLAIN AND SIMPLE.RECOGNIZE.” After last night’s chat, it appeared Lee and Mayweather had made peace. “Floyd Mayweather And I Had A Great Conversation Courtside,” Lee tweeted after the game. “We’re MAD COOL.ALL LOVE.2 Brotha’s.YA-DIG.’’ New York Post

February 23, 2012 Updates

How about a Jeremy Lin movie down the road? That idea was promoted yesterday by Knicks superfan/filmmaker Spike Lee, who wore Lin’s green high-school jersey from Palo Alto, Calif., and a Harvard Crimson jersey to games. On Access Hollywood, MSG Network’s Jill Martin asked Spike about the possibility of making one. “Woody and I can co-direct it, the first co-direct with Woody Allen and Spike Lee, ‘The Jeremy Lin Story,’ ’’ Lee told Martin last night. New York Post

February 12, 2012 Updates

All right, this Jeremy Lin situation is officially out of control. Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he received a text message about Lin from Spike Lee, film director and big-time New York Knicks fan. According to Jackson, Lee “thanked” Jackson for making Lin available so that the Knicks could pick him up. “I got a text message from Spike Lee this morning,” Jackson said after Warriors’ practice on Saturday. “I had nothing to do with Jeremy Lin. I never saw him do a layup. So for the people … stop asking me. He never practiced for us so leave me out of it.” CSNBayArea.com

November 5, 2011 Updates

During an interview at Footaction prior to the release for his new sneaker, the Spizike, Lee expressed his feelings about the NBA lockout, saying he believes the players need to stick together at this time rather than decertifying or as Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire has hinted at, starting their own league. “We’ll have to see if that [players creating a league] is going to happen. I think right now what they have to do is make sure they keep the players unified before people start breaking off,” Lee told the Post. New York Post

April 25, 2011 Updates
February 7, 2011 Updates

What's your most memorable conversation with a player during a game? Spike Lee: This is really surprising, and this is all true. The only time that it's ever really gotten nasty was with Reggie Miller. But we were friends before that and we've been friends since then. When I go to the games, it's to have fun. I'm respectful. If I say a player missed a shot, that's not talking about your mother, your family; it's all good nature. The players enjoy talking to me and I enjoy talking to them. But this last time against Boston -- you know that game where they disallowed Stoudemire’s 3? -- Kevin Garnett lost it. He was cursing me out for no reason. Maybe because Stoudemire gave him 39 points, but take that vulgarity to Stoudemire. I'm not holding you and I did not even say s--- to Garnett the whole game. That really surprised me. He lost it. He was cursing at me the whole game. He needs to calm the f--- down. ESPN.com

January 3, 2011 Updates
December 22, 2010 Updates

Spike Lee On Carmelo and the Knicks' front office: "I know 'em," says Lee, of Donnie Walsh and James Dolan. "I'm not on the payroll, even though some people might suspect that." Lee's Rolodex could, in theory, help the Knicks. For instance, in wooing free agents. Not so, he says. "It hasn't happened the last ten years," he says, "so I guess I'd have to disagree with that." "I want to have Carmelo, but I don't want Donnie Walsh to have to give away everybody," adds Lee. "We'll see what happens. I'm not the G.M., I'm not going to say who should go, who should stay. I just don't think that the whole team should be gutted. Then we'd be back to square one." ESPN.com

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