At the Kia NBA Tip-Off in Union Square this morning, we caught up with the legendary filmmaker/diehard Knick fan Spike Lee, who was at his absolute best. Truthfully, this is the perfect time of year to talk to Spike, as the Knicks haven’t had a chance to lose a game yet. Though he’s not exactly happy with the Knicks after cutting Patrick Ewing, Jr., he is optimistic about this season and the future of the franchise because of one very good reason.
Dime: What do you think about this year’s team?
Spike Lee: I’m totally disgusted with the Knicks cutting Patrick Ewing, Jr. I don’t understand that. I don’t understand it. The guy can play. I mean he can play, he wants to play. You can’t teach that – somebody who wants to play, somebody who would go through a brick wall to help their team. And I don’t think that people count the fact that he’s Patrick Ewing’s son. Come on.
I don’t understand that move. I’m not trying to blast Donnie Walsh or Coach D’Antoni, I’m not looking to blow up their spot. But it seems to me they could have found a space for him.
Dime: How do you feel about the changes that Mike D’Antoni is bringing?
SL: I’m very excited. I’m going to be at the home opener tomorrow night. Dwyane Wade looks like he’s back after a great Beijing. But I’m optimistic. I’m optimistic every season. You have to be. If you’re a true sports fan, you support your team – at the beginning of the year, you hope for the best. Then you start losing, haha. But I think it’s a welcome change.
We’ll see what happens. What I’m going – what’s important is that we have to clear the cap to get LeBron and also still have a team that he wants to play for. He’s not going to come here with no chance of winning a ring. You have to have cap space and players.
Dime: What has LeBron said to you?
SL: He wants to come to New York. He told me people are putting this stuff about him coming to Brooklyn because of Jay-Z. First of all, this Brooklyn thing is no wrap. That’s not a done deal. Hova’s his boy, but that’s not going to determine where he leaves, if he chooses to do so.