This is not breaking news, but Spike Lee is a world-class asshole. Oh yes, he is also a member of the famed "New York School" of filmmaking that closed out the 20th century (which includes DePalma, Scorsese, the Coens, Jarmusch, and Sayles). He has made at least three great movies in his 22-year career. But make no mistake, he's an asshole and is proud of it. The fact that he's a Knicks fan should be a tip-off to anyone. But Lee is exercising his asshole powers a little bit more this month. He is so jealous of the Green dynasty of the NBA, he has crossed conference lines and has paid tens of thousands of dollars to root for the Lakers in the finals.
In my opinion, the MVP of the finals is Ray Allen. He and Spike Lee are good friends. Allen had this to say about Lee:
"I looked up and I saw Spike cheering for the Lakers," Allen said. "That set me back a little bit. If he is a Knick fan, I'm figuring he was for the Eastern Conference. But he's cheering for the Lakers. I'm going to have to talk to him about that."
Lee has us Bostonians when it comes to baseball, championships, and race. The Yankees promoted a black player into their rotation before the Red Sox did. The Yankess have 26 championships to Boston's 7.
But when it comes to the Knicks, there is simply no comparison to the Celtics.
Let's begin with the issue of race. The Celtics had the first Black superstar, who became the first Black coach in the NBA (and a player-coach at that).
The Celtics will soon have 17 NBA championships. The Knicks will only have 1. Forever 1 championship. They almost stole a second one clutching, pushing, and grabbing under Pat Riley in the 1990s. But now they are doomed to remain with one trophy, forever.
Because they suck. Because they are beyond suck.
They were originally named the Knickerbockers, which is a cool name. But now it is shortened to the name of a shaving injury.
They suck worse than the New Jersey Jets. They really are the bottom of the New York and New Jersey sports barrel.
They had one awesome moment, in a great 60-22 season, led by 5 great players whose names hang in the MSG rafters.
And there's their biggest supporter, courtside in LA, obsessed with the greatest team in the short history of the NBA.
Green 17, Spike. I'm sure you'll deal with it.
Oh, and the Celtics record this season was 66-15. Let's assume that had this season been 82 games, it would have been 66-16. That's still a winning percentage of 80.4%. Who thinks the Knicks will ever come close to their best 73.1%?