Spike Lee Rumors
“I mean, how can you say somebody is an alcoholic? You just can’t, in my opinion,” Spike Lee, speaking to a small group of reporters, said Sunday at Madison Square Garden while wearing an Oakley jersey. “And even if the person was, why would you say that? I don’t know why you would say that. All I can do is wear my jersey.”
Lee, a lifelong Knicks fans, believes that the Knicks’ treatment of Oakley — coupled with Phil Jackson’s direct and indirect criticisms of star Carmelo Anthony — will hurt their recruitment of free agents. “Who’s gonna come here?” Lee said. Earlier in the week, when asked to pick a side in the Jackson-Anthony feud, Lee told ESPN-Tencent that he’d help Jackson pack his bags.
Spike Lee was in the Garden hallway where Charles Oakley was arrested last week, and said there were tears in his eyes watching his friend get taken to jail. Four days later, Lee showed up in a #34 Oakley jersey, courtesy of a skilled stitch artist. “I went home (after Oakley was ejected), I got every jersey, game-worn, but I couldn’t find an Oakley jersey,” Lee said. “But I had three Landry Fields jerseys. So I took it to my guy, and he hooked it up. So officially, this is a Landry Fields jersey.”
“I’m not mad at any of the Knicks that showed up today,” Lee said. “I stood up for everybody, gave them love. Applauded. I stood up for everybody. So I’m happy to see them. Under better conditions, yes. But I’m happy to see them regardless. But it just looks so obvious to me. …I don’t know, you got to ask the Garden. I’m just happy to see these guys. I know all of them.”
Allen, who lives much of the time in Miami, has opened a restaurant called Grown, said he is not yet sure what direction the Heat are taking. How about the Knicks? “Spike Lee has been trying to recruit me,” Allen said. “We’ve been texting.” Lee, the Knicks’ high profile fan, wrote and directed the 1998 film “He Got Game,” in which Allen starred.
Ian Begley: Ray Allen wants to return to the NBA and he told the Hartford Courant that Knicks fan Spike Lee has been texting him about signing in New York. “Spike Lee has been trying to recruit me,” Allen told the newspaper. The Knicks have 14 players under guaranteed contract and would have room to add Allen to a guaranteed contract for the veteran’s minimum.