Spike Lee expresses optimism over Leon Rose, Knicks for first time in forever
Famous movie director Spike Lee is well-known as a massive New York Knicks fan. However, over the last few years, the relationship between Lee and the ‘Bockers has been, to say the very least, murky.
It all started a few years back when the Knicks and Madison Square Garden officials escorted former player Charles Oakley out of the arena. Then more recently, Lee was asked to not go the VIP way into the arena as he has done for the past years.
Fast forward to March 2 when Leon Rose–the former NBA sports agent–was named President of the Knicks organization. Since then things have gone back to normal and the interference of the team owner James Dolan has subsided.
Over a recent telephone interview with the New York Times, Lee was ecstatic about the ‘Bockers, especially seeing how well they are playing:
“I see orange-and-blue skies again, I’m very, very encouraged. As Knick fans, we’re optimistic,” Lee said. “We see hope. We haven’t seen that in a while. He continued on saying “Knick fans, we’re optimistic, we see hope. We haven’t seen that in a while. Like all the great Knick teams, they’re playing defense.”
The thing that stuck out most about the interview was Lee’s quote about the front office.
“You know where that’s coming from, that’s an edict from up top. I’m not happy about it, but there’s someone else calling those shots. We’re used to it by now. And he’s not selling the team, so what are we going to do?”
The Knicks entered Sunday’s game at Detroit at 17-17, which is good enough for a share of fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
While hast season was full of dreadful headlines about Lee’s issues with the team and the much-panned hiring of Steve Stoute as a branding consultant, it seems like the things between the Knicks and Spike have since died down.
Also, with fans now being allowed back into Madison Square Garden, you could expect to see Lee on the sidelines–wearing a Knicks jersey and cheering on his beloved team.