Posts Tagged ‘spike lee’

Baron Davis: Friends In High Places

By Nick Margiasso IV

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week, we saw Baron Davis head for the glitz and glamor of Los Angeles on his comeback trail only to get blinded by the lights of reality.

In the latest edition of the ongoing saga on his comeback attempt to the NBA, Baron’s latest taste of being back in the big time comes from friends (and foes) Spike Lee and Reggie Miller

VIDEO: Baron Davis hits N.Y. on comeback trail

Ray Allen, Spike Lee To Reunite For “He Got Game” Sequel?

NBA Finals Game 3: Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the best basketball movies of my lifetime was 1998′s “He Got Game.” The Spike Lee-directed film starred Ray Allen and Denzel Washington as a father-son combo both bonded and separated by basketball. The film was popular upon its release and has remained iconic enough that even 16 years later, Allen is still called his character’s name, Jesus Shuttlesworth.

And now they may be taking the court once again. According to a story from the Associated Press, Allen says a sequel is at least being discussed…

“Sequels to most movies are always fluff and not as good as the first,” Allen said Tuesday night before the Heat played the New Orleans Pelicans. “But it’s something we’ve been talking about for the last couple months. If we get a really good story line and are able to bring everybody back, then it would be something worth doing.”

Lee posted a photo of himself and Allen to a social media account last summer, saying then that they were engaging in sequel talk. It wasn’t clear then how serious those conversations were.

Allen – who still gets called “Jesus” by teammates – said he’s committed to making it happen.

“Hopefully it works out,” said Allen, whose character in the film was a highly recruited high school basketball star.

Spike Lee Leaks Images Of Ray Allen’s Nickname Jersey

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few months ago the NBA quietly floated word that for a few games this season, some players would be wearing jerseys with nicknames on the back instead of their actual last names. In our post on the idea, we asked for nickname jersey suggestions and got a bunch of “SHUTTLESWORTH” or “JESUS” variations for Miami’s Ray Allen (who played the character Jesus Shuttlesworth in the classic hoops movie He Got Game).

So perhaps who better to share a first look at the Heat’s SHUTTLESWORTH jersey than Spike Lee, the director of He Got Game?

NBA Style: Spike Lee #TBT

NBA Style

By the NBA.com Style Crew

Ever since bursting on the scene in 1986 as the director of She’s Gotta Have It, Spike Lee has made no secret of where his NBA allegiances lie: He is an unabashed fan of the New York Knicks. And as he’s become the team’s most recognizable fan, he can usually be found courtside at most home games, and even at many away games and NBA All-Star Weekends, usually wearing all sorts of clothes that scream his allegiance to the Knicks. Sometimes it’s a shirt, sometimes a hat, sometimes even the shoes, money. Either way, Spike always reps for his squad.

Take a look back here at some of Spike’s most memorable courtside looks, and don’t forget to join the convo on Twitter using #NBAStyle.

NBA Style: Spike Lee Talks Fashion, MJ



There isn’t a basketball event if Spike Lee isn’t closeby. All-Star fashion correspondent Monica finds him and gets his cents on his clothing ensemble and another Michael Jordan milestone:


Sorry Brooklyn, Spike Lee Sticks With Knicks

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.

[Spike Lee to Stick With His Knicks]

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Blake Griffin channels Mars Blackmon, but not for the reasons we assumed

by Micah Hart

Earlier this week we alerted you to the news that Blake Griffin was doing some sort of photoshoot/commercial featuring an homage to Mars Blackmon, Spike Lee‘s famous character from Nike’s Air Jordan campaign back in the day. The results of that endeavor are now live, and while it’s not exactly what we thought it would be, it’s still worth seeing. Roll it!

Mars “Blakeman”, eh? I’m still holding out home to see Mars himself come back to talk about Griffin.

By the way, Jordan Cameron, I don’t know your future as an NFL tight end, but your dunking skills impress me. If you make it to play on Sundays, I fully expect you to put Tony Gonzalez‘s touchdown celebrations to shame.

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Blake Griffin and Mars Blackmon? Yes please

by Micah Hart

USA Today has news today that Blake Griffin is paying homage to the greatest basketball advertising campaign in history*, the Michael Jordan-Mars Blackmon spots from the 1980′s. Here is a photo from said shoot.

*says I, but surely you agree

I don’t know if this is for an upcoming commercial campaign (USA Today only notes it is a photoshoot), but it does make me wonder — would you consider a new commercial featuring BG and Mars to be a fitting tribute to MJ, or would you consider it blasphemy? I say I’m all for it, and not just because I think Griffin is the most exciting player to come into the league since MJ — I just love me some Spike Lee as Mars.

What do you think?

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Don’t know about a thousand, but this picture talks, Part V

by Zettler Clay

Remember when the outspoken filmmaker Spike Lee called Kevin Garnett out a few weeks ago?

But this last time against Boston — you know that game where they disallowed Stoudemire’s 3? — Kevin Garnett lost it. He was cursing me out for no reason. Maybe because Stoudemire gave him 39 points, but take that vulgarity to Stoudemire. I’m not holding you and I did not even say s— to Garnett the whole game. That really surprised me. He lost it. He was cursing at me the whole game. He needs to calm the f— down.

Because the memory of Reggie Miller and Michael Jordan and Ray Allen (Bucks days) squabbling with Spike is still fresh, I circled March 21 – when Boston visits New York again – immediately.

So you can imagine my disappointment when I saw this:

Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

Welp. The festive mood of All-Star weekend can get to the best of them, even our favorite villain in Green. But something tells me that this scene will be forgotten when these two gigantic personalities square off in a month.