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Why Spike Lee is rooting for the Celtics

Diehard New York fan Spike Lee is throwing his support to the Celtics [1] ‘€” but not without his own motivations.

As Lee explained to ESPNNewYork.com [2], he has the Knicks’ best interest in mind when he roots for the C’€™s. He hopes that an Eastern Conference semifinals loss for the Cavaliers [3] could sway James to leave Cleveland during free agency this summer.

“We need LeBron,” Lee said. “I feel we have a better chance to get LeBron James [4] if Cleveland loses this series to the Celtics. The quicker Cleveland loses, the better our chances are of getting LeBron.”

In spite of his allegiance to the Knicks, Lee actually has a few ties to the Celtics. He directed Ray Allen [5] in ‘€œHe Got Game’€ and recently spoke with Rajon Rondo [6] at an event for ‘€œJust Wright,’€ a movie in which Rondo has a cameo [7].

While Lee told ESPN he does not think the Cavs have an answer for Rondo, he strongly re-emphasized the true reason behind his unexpected support for the C’€™s.

“I’m not putting on any green and I’m not going to kiss the Blarney Stone or do the shamrock thing,’€ he said. ‘€œI hate the Red Sox [8] as much as I hate the Celtics and the ghost of Johnny Most and all those guys. This is the first and last time I root for Boston on anything, but for this one possible result it’s worth it.”