by Micah Hart
When the Knicks infamously declined to match the Rockets’ offer for Jeremy Lin, bringing the Linsanity era in New York City to a screeching halt, many began to wonder if residents of the Big Apple had finally had enough of the team’s bumbling ways and would consider jumping ship to root for the Nets. After all, Brooklyn is the trendy spot, Jay-Z is a part owner, and they’ve shown a similar ability to throw gaudy contracts at players without blinking an eyelash.
One person we won’t see making that trade any time soon, despite his Brooklyn heritage, is Knicks’ superfan Spike Lee.
In an interview with the New York Times this weekend, Lee discussed whether he’d considered the change, and made his position crystal clear:
“I wish I had a dollar for every time people ask me that — I could finance another film,” he says. “No, no and no. Can’t do that. Can’t.
“I am orange and blue, baby,” he says in reference to the colors of the Knicks. “Orange and blue.”
Though Lee has set many of his best films in his native borough, including his upcoming release “Red Hook Summer”, he maintains his allegiance to the Knicks, even with the firestorm set off by Lin’s departure. And though he maintains his loyalty, Lee made clear he’s not happy with the team’s prolonged lack of success either:
“Look, I hope Carmelo Anthony saw LeBron holding that championship trophy. Amar’e’s my man. But I’m tired of looking up at those old championship banners.
“No lollygagging, no half-stepping, no shenanigans, no tomfoolery. Got to get serious, got to.”
Lee’s loyalty is impressive, especially considering the vitriol being directed towards the Knicks’ ownership and management team over the summer. But if the Knicks continue to fall short of expectations while seeing their new neighbors achieve success in Brooklyn, you have to wonder if Spike is doing the right thing.