For basketball fans, there are few movies held with higher regard than that of Spike Lee’s famed ‘He Got Game’. The 1998 film which featured Denzel Washington and a then 22 year old Ray Allen of the Milwaukee Bucks has become a cult classic and hoping to capitalize off of Allen’s recent success, director Spike Lee showed up to last evening’s Game 7 of the NBA Finals hoping to film a ‘spoof’ with the aforementioned Allen.
With a camera crew tailing him, Lee attempted to make his way towards Allen during shootaround, who played the character Jesus Shuttleworth in the Brooklyn based film. Before reaching Allen though, Lee was stopped by security and a Miami Heat public relations staffer who informed him Allen does not speak during shootarounds:
Per the New York Times:
When Lee approached the Miami PR staffer, he was told Allen does not speak at shootarounds. It was unclear if the Miami publicist recognized Spike initially.
Lee insisted that Allen would be interested, so the staffer informed Allen of Lee’s intent to which Allen said thanks, but no thanks:
When Lee persisted, he was told Allen will be told of the request. Soon after, Lee got the bad news. Allen felt it would be too distracting before Thursday night’s monumental Game 7 against the Spurs and was sticking to his shootaround policy.