HoopsHype Spike Lee rumors

August 15, 2010 Updates

The Knicks lost out on LeBron James, the top free agent this summer who went to Miami, and settled for signing Amar'e Stoudemire. Lee is now hoping they can get Anthony, who could be next season's top free agent. "Great. Great. Great. Great. Great. Really great," Lee said of what Anthony would mean to the Knicks. "I just hope (they can sign him). I hope so. He'd be a great addition to the team and to the franchise. " FanHouse.com

Speaking to reporters Saturday at his annual basketball camp in the Denver area, Anthony did not offer a lot of clues about his plans. Lee figures to try to influence him if Anthony hasn't made a decision by Dec. 12, Denver's one regular-season appearance next season in New York. "I know him," Lee said of Anthony, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., where Lee grew up. "We're not tight, tight. Brooklyn guys, we stick together." As for James, Lee didn't have too much to say about him. "We're over LeBron," Lee said. "He had to do what he had to do." FanHouse.com

July 12, 2010 Updates

It was a wedding toast heard from Broadway to Bourbon Street. During Carmelo Anthony's wedding Saturday night at Cipriani's on 42nd Street, Chris Paul, the superstar New Orleans point guard, predicted a future Knicks Dream Team. Take that, LeCon. According to a person who spoke with wedding attendee Amar'e Stoudemire, Paul made the reference during a speech of a potential union of himself, Stoudemire and Anthony, saying, "We'll form our own Big 3," Paul allegedly said. Attendee Spike Lee nearly passed out at the suggestion. New York Post

July 9, 2010 Updates

Filmmaker Spike Lee said he doesn't blame James for joining the Miami Heat, but said The King could have been more gracious toward Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, who said he learned of the move via a last-minute phone call from Rich Paul, one of James' associates. "LeBron should have called instead of having Rich Paul call him," Lee said on ESPN. "For me, that's the same thing as Pat Riley faxing the Knicks, 'I'm outta here.'" Because of the backlash in Ohio, Lee said, James must say "outta here" to Cleveland and Akron. "I don't know how he's going to live in Akron or Cleveland anymore," Lee said. "They're going to make his life miserable. ... Why live someplace where you're going to be hated? And the first time the Heat go to (Cleveland), they're going to need the National Guard." Palm Beach Post

Lee said James, who turned down Knicks overtures, should not expect any warmer welcome in Madison Square Garden, either. "He's going to get it worse than Reggie Miller," Lee said. While many figure the Heat to be a favorite for the NBA title, Lee's not. "I'm not giving 'em zero (titles) until I see who else they have," Lee said. "They've got three guys now. They're not better than Chicago. I don't think they're better than Boston, either." The way it played out doesn't surprise Lee. "I cannot blame LeBron for doing what makes him happy," Lee said. "He left a lot of money on the table, but this thing was rigged from way back. Palm Beach Post

July 8, 2010 Updates

Knicks President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh, who thanked Isiah Thomas and Spike Lee for their help, called Stoudemire "somebody you can base your team around." He averaged 23.5 points and 9.1 rebounds in Phoenix under Mike D'Antoni, who is now his Knicks coach. "I know one thing about Amar'e is that if there is a challenge in front of him, he will do whatever it takes to get over that hurdle," D'Antoni said. "He has proven that with injuries and time and time again in Phoenix. We won a lot of games together and hopefully we'll be successful here. I do know that New York probably is not for everybody. It's a big stage. You have to show some guts and grit and you've got to come every day to work and Amar'e will do that. I'm sure we'll have other guys that follow him here. We'll see who steps up to the challenge but I know Amar'e will meet it." Arizona Republic

July 6, 2010 Updates

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