NBA 2015 All-Star Games: How Spike Lee Became Friends With Prince


Knicks’ superfan Spike Lee on his favorite All-Star flashback

Spike Lee is a courtside legend. The esteemed filmmaker can easily be found in the front row at any New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, win or loss. In fact, he’s become a meme from it. Still, he won’t mask his disappointment when the ‘Bockers suck and suck some more. He told Yahoo! Movies last month that he wouldn’t jet across the pond to see them lose in London. “We’ve lost 16 motherfucking games in a row. 26 out of 27,” he said. “And I’m gonna get on a plane for that?! I can take a cab to see them lose.” Knicks’ dismal record aside, Lee will be co-coaching the Celebrity All-Star game this Friday (Feb. 13) with Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, ESPN Radio’s Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg. During a visit to his Brooklyn office, VIBE pressed Lee for his craziest All-Star experience. To no one’s surprise, it took place at his second home. “The last time the All-Star game was at Madison Square Garden, I got to sit next to Prince,” he said before offering a super-short recap of their convo. “[We talked about] the game. We’re friends now.”—Adelle Platon (@adelleplaton) with additional reporting from Shenequa A. Golding (@GoldingGirl617)

Tune into the 2015 Sprint NBA Celebrity All-Star game on Friday, Feb. 13 at 7pm ET on ESPN.

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