Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Why Brits should follow The Knicks


The New York Knicks visit London’s O2 arena on 17 January to take on the Detroit Pistons. Hopefully this is already of interest to you, but if not, we’ve enlisted lifelong Knicks fan (and rather successful film director) Spike Lee to outline why you should choose the NBA over the Premier League. Take it away, Spike…


“Something I like about basketball over soccer – we have a clock. I can’t understand how the judge in soccer knows how much time is left. Also, we have three referees on the court, whereas you only have one on the pitch in soccer. I’m going to call Fifa and tell them about it.”


“They imposed a rule recently: ‘No flopping’. You can’t look like you just got shot when someone breathes on you. Soccer’s notorious for that. Some of those guys should win Academy Awards.”


“When the referee makes a terrible call, you can tell them. For the most part, they’re sympathetic and if they miss a foul, they tell the player who got fouled, ‘Sorry about that – I’ll get the next one.’”


“The great thing about sitting in the front row is you can interact with the players. It’s not mean-spirited, we kid each other. I know a lot of the players [on rival teams], so when they score against the Knicks, I’m the first face they look for. I look away – I don’t give them the satisfaction. I once had altercations with Reggie Miller, of the Indiana Pacers. We yelled at each other. But I’ve never been thrown out of a game.”

Detroit Pistons vs New York Knicks at The O2, 17 January. Watch it live on Sky Sports 1

Image: Rex



Dream basketball shot from 8-year-old


Best basketball shot ever?


Baseball Field Prints



Ballon d’Or: Who’s a fraud and who's not

We weigh up the merits of the 30 footballers recently deemed the planet's best

26 Oct 2016

Luis Suarez talks English football and the toughest PL defenders

He's a lover, not a biter

19 Oct 2016

Gary Lineker talks crisps, Rooney and "Sh*t on pitch"

Crisp don Gary Lineker reminisces about the time Diego Maradona nearly fell off a balcony

by Alex Christian
19 Oct 2016

Park Ji-sung now plays for De Montfort University's student side

And can't even prevent them from getting utterly drubbed

by Tristan Cross
14 Oct 2016

Watch San Marino players celebrate first WCQ away goal in 15 years

Ecstasy in Oslo

by Dave Fawbert
12 Oct 2016

The first-ever green card has been awarded in a football match

But how do you get one?

by Dave Fawbert
10 Oct 2016

Football's wonderkids that never made it

The prodigal youngsters that left us boy wondering

by Tristan Cross
05 Oct 2016

Celtic’s 13 year old wonderkid is already better than you'll ever be

Karamoko Dembele made his debut for the U20s last night

04 Oct 2016

The new FIFA president wants to ruin the World Cup

He might have just f*cked up massively

by David Cornish
04 Oct 2016

Sam Allardyce was foolish but he shouldn’t have been sacked

The England mess leaves more questions than answers

by Dave Fawbert
28 Sep 2016