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Spike Lee, wearing his orange New York basketball warmup top, attended the Amare Stoudemire press conference Thursday afternoon, and he believes the Stoudemire move is just the first of many more to come by the Knicks.
"I'm confident in the direction the Knicks are going and Amare is the first step that enables us to possibly get LeBron or Carmelo [Anthony] next year or sign-and-trade with Chris Paul or Tony Parker, so we got cap room," the film director said. "Amare is not the only thing we are going to do. We are not even done yet. We still got a lot of spots to fill on the roster. We got plenty of time."
Lee said he planned on killing the time before James' announcement on ESPN at 9 p.m. Thursday night by going to his office, doing some work, grabbing dinner and then watching like the rest of the country.
Lee had heard the reports of James leaning toward signing with the Miami Heat, but wanted to wait to see James make it official.
"I think if we have learned anything, people are talking out of the side of their neck," Lee said. "People are saying Allan Houston had dinner with LeBron last night and LeBron was in Miami last night having dinner with Dwyane Wade. This Twitter [stuff], people are putting it out there like it's legit."
And if James chooses somewhere other than New York, Lee said he will get over it, even if some Knicks fans won't.
"In my life, in my film career, there have been so many times when I wanted something and it didn't happen and at that point I think it's the worst thing that ever happened to my life," Lee said. "And then the further I got away from it, I was like, 'Whoo, thank God.' So you never know. You don't know what is going to happen."
Lee, whom Knicks president of basketball operations Donnie Walsh thanked at the Stoudemire press conference, said he actually might feel more empathy for Cleveland fans if James leaves his home state of Ohio.
"[Knicks fans] are not going to blame the Knicks if they don't get LeBron," Lee said. "LeBron just didn't want to come here. He is going to be a villain [in Ohio] if he leaves. If he leaves Cleveland, he is going to have to sell his house. I swear to God. He is not going to be able to go back into the state. That is going to be ugly. I am not wishing that upon him. Just reading the stuff, people are already filled with venom and he hasn't even made the announcement. He is in a mad crazy tough spot."
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