Spike Lee Rumors
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.
There’s a new Ghostbusters movie due out this summer, you’ve probably heard, and to help kick things off film has partnered with several NBA players to star in a few new trailers. (See it above.) Knicks players Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis along with Kobe Bryant (who just retired from the Lakers) and NBA great Walt Frazier team up for the 62-second bit, one that includes director and New York super-fan Spike Lee.
In late October, the film director Spike Lee visited the National Basketball Association’s Manhattan headquarters to discuss a bold idea. He had, for months, wanted to produce a commercial that would denounce gun violence in America. It is perhaps the most polarizing subject in the country, but Lee – who already had ESPN president John Skipper behind the idea – was aiming high: He wanted to include NBA stars and have the support of the league itself.
A few days after the meeting, Lee had Commissioner Adam Silver’s answer: Yes. But that wasn’t all. The NBA would give Lee the freedom to produce and direct the 30-second ad, which the league saw as a public-service announcement, as he saw fit and without censorship. It would feature four NBA players and air five times during ESPN’s Christmas Day broadcast – pro basketball’s equivalent to Super Bowl Sunday. “He didn’t even ask the owners of the teams,” Lee said in a telephone interview. “He didn’t even ask the owners what they felt. He was like: ‘We’re doing this.’ ”
Must be nice to be the San Antonio Spurs. At the request of head coach Gregg Popovich, director Spike Lee gave the team a private screening of his new movie “Chi Raq” while they are in Cleveland to face the Cavs.