Yes, Spike Lee is busy running around promoting his new film “Red Hook Summer,” which opened in New York theaters Friday (August 10), but that doesn’t mean that the passionate sports fan hasn’t been keeping up with the latest NBA news.
After Dwight Howard’s Thursday night trade from the Orlando Magic to Kobe Bryant’s L.A. Lakers, Spike was absolutely blown away.
“That’s a blockbuster. It tilted the power again,” Spike told MTV News after hearing the news Friday morning.
Lee is a die-hard New York Knicks fan and a permanent fixture in the front row at Madison Square Garden home games. His love for the team is so well-known that he’s been name-checked in several rap lyrics. His buddy Jay-Z has provided some of the more memorable ones. “Sitting courtside, Knicks and Nets give me high fives/ N—a, I be Spike’d out I can trip a referee,” he spit on his 2009 #1 single “Empire State of Mind.”
To Spike, the Howard trade puts the 7-foot baller in an exclusive club of great Laker big men. “Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal; now Dwight Howard,” the award-winning film director said.
The way Lee figures it, if his beloved Knicks aren’t in contention for the NBA title next season, he wouldn’t mind seeing L.A. win their 12th championship since moving to Los Angeles more than 50 years ago. For Spike, anything would be better than seeing New York rivals LeBron James and his Miami Heat win another championship.
“I rather the Lakers win it than the Heat,” he said. “I do not want the Heat to win back-to-back. Hell no, hell-to-the-nah.”
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