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The Heat Didn't Want to Talk to Spike Lee Today, For Some Reason

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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.

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First, Lee had to negotiate with Heat PR:

But even with approval from the team, he was out of luck.

managed to get a word in edgewise