New York Knicks coach David Fizdale had heard about the "shout-out" his team received during the Academy Awards on Sunday, but hadn't seen it.
Fizdale missed when Samuel L. Jackson, who was presenting the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, looked for Spike Lee in the crowd and delivered some news.
Jackson informed Lee, a well-known Knicks fan, that his team had beaten the San Antonio Spurs, 130-118, breaking their 18-game home losing streak.
The crowd cheered and from his seat, Lee yelled back, "We're trying to tank!"
“No comment on that part," coach David Fizdale said. "But it’s nice to hear our names being mentioned."
Jan 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale reacts during the first quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Photo11: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Fizdale said he has had the chance to meet Lee, who received his first Academy Award from Lee for BlacKkKlansman, which he directed.
"He's been awesome," Fizdale said.
Has he been supportive?
“Extremely. Extremely," Fizdale said. "We actually exchanged texts last night.”
Dennis Smith Jr. hadn't seen the Knicks' Oscars mention either, but didn't think much of Lee's tanking comment.
"It is what it is," Smith said. "We’re trying to win games up here. That’s what we get paid to do so that’s what we’re going to go out and do every night."
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