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Miami Heat Players Refuse To Participate In Spike Lee ABC Network Project

by Sergio
June 22, 2013 10:24 AM
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Spike Lee

Timing is everything. Or maybe not.

According to the Miami Herald newspaper, Spike Lee’s plans for a short basketball film project for the ABC Network collapsed, when no player from the Miami Heat was willing to talk to him.

The project, which was conceived by Spike and the network, was to have been a sort of short variation of his 1998 film He Got Game with Denzel Washington, and current Heat player Ray Allen.

Allen, as you may recall, played the role of Jesus Shuttlesworth, a promising high school basketball player and the son a convict father, played by Washington, who is promised a “get out of jail free” card if he can convince his son to play for the Governor’s college alma mater.

However, Spike’s timing was way off, since he approached Allen and other Heat players several hours before the final Game 7. Allen and some other others have a policy of not doing interviews before a big game, and a few others just simply refused to talk to Spike.

A spokesperson for the team said that because of timing issues, Lee’s project did not materialize, and that the players would have been willing to talk to Spike for the short if he had approached them the day before, which was a practice day.

Spike however did meet with the Heat’s coach and shook his hand to wish him luck.

However, it’s also quite possible that the players refused to participate in the short after comments Spike made last year on MTV, if his beloved Knicks did not win the championship the following season: “I rather the Lakers win it than the Heat. I do not want the Heat to win back to back. Hell, no.

I’ve got a feeling that was the real reason why no one wanted to talk to him, you think?

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  • Miles Ellison | June 23, 2013 5:18 PMReply

    You shouldn't expect the Miami Heat to do interviews several hours before the most important game of the season. What was he thinking? I doubt the Heat players cared about Lee's comments.

  • AccidentalViistor | June 23, 2013 5:12 PMReply

    Dude acting like a fool on this one. No one has time for that type of stuff before a playoff game let alone game seven of the Finals. Maybe because his Knicks haven't played in such a game with such huge stakes in such a long time, Spike simply forgot all about protocol and priorities.

  • Curtis | June 23, 2013 12:57 AMReply

    That was stupid of spike. Why would ask somebody right before a huge game.

  • DJ | June 22, 2013 5:31 PMReply

    I'm gonna speculate that the Heat players refused to participate because they tired of seeing Spike commercially capitalize off folks for his own projects, his own singular benefit, under the guise of racial or political solidarity.

  • CC | June 22, 2013 12:53 PMReply

    Sergio, open your hand, I wanna give something that dropped from your pocket.

    Here it is--> "I've got a feeling that was the real reason why no one wanted to talk to him, you think?"

    Now take that and go to your room. Everyone who reads S&A knows you don't know a damn thang about sports. Come on now, I don't know how many times you've told us you'd rather watch a porn flick than a basketball game. So why are slummin' and fakin' today?

    Anyway, if you didn't know it, real sports fans understand the passion and love one may have for "their" team, and the healthy dislike one my have for their most hated rival, therefore your reasoning is highly flawed. Miami's players wouldn't hold Spike's love against him.

  • mawon | June 22, 2013 10:54 AMReply

    Lol @ another failed attempt at stirring controversy, Sergio.

  • mawon | June 22, 2013 3:02 PM

    That's exactly my point. This isn't newsworthy but you tried.

  • sergio | June 22, 2013 11:31 AM

    What controversy? I'm just reporting the facts that happened as reported by the Herald. I don't see any "controversy" here. Point it out to me.

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