Spike Lee's persistence finally paid off: The New York Knicks' most ardent (and visible) supporter managed to secure a pair of tickets to Game 6 in Indianapolis.
You might remember that his efforts to score seats didn't work out so well last time, as an Indiana Pacers season-ticket holder somewhat awesomely turned down the director's offer to purchase his courtside tickets for $40,000.
The Pacers apparently took Lee's money this time, but they didn't miss an opportunity to show their displeasure at his presence. There would be no free swag for the only New York fan in the building:
The only 2 seats without a free Pacers T shirt tonight are these 2, bought by Spike Lee. twitter.com/darrenrovell/s…— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) May 18, 2013
And guess who facilitated the sale?
Spike Lee got his 2 seats from Donnie Walsh. Face value of those seats are $1K each.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) May 19, 2013
It sounds crazy that the Pacers president would have actively helped a rival fan get his hands on such sweet tickets, but remember, Donnie Walsh ran Lee's beloved Knicks from 2008-11. So there's something of a history between the pair.
Lee has been through the war between these two teams since the beginning, so he was smart enough to bring a human shield into the hostile environment with him:
Surrounded by gold, Spike Lee isin his courtside seats for tonight's game: twitter.com/ByNateTaylor/s…— Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) May 18, 2013
I don't know who the kid in the picture is, but you can bet he's there to deter insults—and possibly a few projectiles intended for Reggie Miller's mortal enemy.
Speaking of which, Lee has been taking every opportunity to irritate Miller, popping up on camera in more than one instance behind the former Pacers great. Reggie might have been the king of the long bomb, but Lee is proving to be just prolific in the "photo" and "video" categories.
In addition to terrorizing Miller, Lee has come up with some pretty odd ways to motivate his favorite team. Anything to get a win, huh, Spike?
Spike Lee courtside - actually under the basket getting hit w/ rebounds - having Knicks players rub a wooden "Knickstape" cassette for luck— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) May 18, 2013
Not every Knicks fan is quite so "enthusiastic," though.
In other news, Woody Allen is not dressed like a blue and orange leprechaun having Knicks rub a Knickstape for luck.— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) May 18, 2013
It's great that Lee is such a diehard supporter of his team. There's no question about his devotion. It would just be nice if he didn't have to snatch the spotlight so often. The rest of the fans in Indy are there to enjoy a game—not to suffer retinal damage from Lee's neon, Hi-Liter-toned apparel.