Media attending the Miami Heat shootaround Thursday morning were surprised to encounter an unusual presence in their ranks:
Lee isn't exactly a Heat fan--he's a courtside fixture at Knicks games--but he goes way back with Ray Allen, who played Jesus Shuttlesworth in Lee's He Got Game (1998). It was, in fact, Mr. Shuttlesworth the director was seeking at media availability.
First, Lee had to negotiate with Heat PR:
But even with approval from the team, he was out of luck.
Lee managed to get a word in edgewise
, but it sounds like his efforts were unsurprisingly fruitless. Allen routinely refuses shootaround interviews, and seems to have been especially dismissive in this case. It's almost like he and the Heat have something else important going on today ...