Originally written January 17, 2013 on The Other Paper:
Who says those Brits don't know their NBA.  Apparently their bamboozled soccer fans know who the league's No. 1 cheerleader is (sorry Jack Nicholson) and have taken him under their Guinness-bending arms. New York Knicks superfan Spike Lee — sporting a fuzzy orange Elmer Fudd hat — made the trip to London with intentions of bringing good luck to his favorite team and was surrounded by over two dozen journalists, according to the New York Post.  Only Carmelo Anthony at yesterday's Knicks practice had a larger throng of reporters following him, said the newspaper. Following today's game against the Detroit Pistons at the O2 Arena, the Knicks will host the Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden on Monday for New York City supremacy. Spike Lee was, as always, optimistic about his blue and orange's chances over the next few days. "We're going to win [tonight] and Monday is Martin Luther King's birthday," said Lee.  "That's a win too." Asked by a British reporter what it's like having two NBA teams in New York, Lee huffed, "Who's the other team?" Lee is still sticking with the team he grew up with as a youngster named Shelton. "We're going to beat them," he added.  "I'm from Brooklyn, but I'm a Knicks fan." The "Crooklyn" director expects most of the fans at O2 Arena to side with his Knickerbockers. "It's going to be great," he said. "I don't think too many people in London will be rooting for the Detroit Pistons." Not when they have one of sports top celebrity fans cheering for the Knicks.
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