When you think of super fan, especially in the NBA, only two guys come to mind; Spike and Jack. With Spike Lee representing the New York Knicks and Jack Nicholson representing the L.A. Lakers respectively.
Spike and Jack are by far the East and West Coasts most visible fans, with Spike in my opinion beating out Jack overall for the title of most committed fan. The man went toe to toe with Reggie Miller in one of the most heated exchanges that you will ever see, that doesn’t involve a fight, between a fan and a player on the court.
Spike has always gone above and beyond regular fandom by talking trash with opposing players, wearing team jerseys and colors without shame, and that’s one of the reasons why he decided to sit down with Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com and reveals his greatest trash-talking moments.
What’s your most memorable conversation with a player during a game?
This is really surprising, and this is all true. The only time that it’s ever really gotten nasty was with Reggie Miller. But we were friends before that and we’ve been friends since then. When I go to the games, it’s to have fun. I’m respectful. If I say a player missed a shot, that’s not talking about your mother, your family; it’s all good nature. The players enjoy talking to me and I enjoy talking to them.
But this last time against Boston — you know that game where they disallowed Stoudemire’s three? — Kevin Garnett(notes) 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 [expletive] 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 [expletive] down.
This doesn’t surprise me one bit. After all, it was KG who called Detroit Pistons’ forward Charlie Villanueva a Cancer patient then later stated that he instead called him cancerous to his team. But even still, this one is up in the air. It’s not as if Spike is the poster child for fan civility towards players.