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Spike Lee, as usual, was in the house

Spike Lee rarely misses Knicks games from his now-famous courtside seats at the Garden.

Earlier today, Spike didn't miss the chance to welcome in the newest Knick, Amar'e Stoudamire, from a front-row seat. He sat next to former Knick Allan Houston, who has been instrumental in the team's free-agent recruiting process.

After the festivities were over, Spike held court with the media for a few minutes. Here's what he had to say...

On whether he think LeBron's free agency has been "a charade": "I don't think it's been a charade. When's the last time there's been a free agent like this out there? That show could end up being a charade tonight, but we'll see what happens."

On whether he had to introduce himself to the free agents: "I know them all already. I got my season tickets the day after we got Patrick Ewing in the lottery. What do you think?"

On why he got involved in the recruiting process: "They reached out to me. Anything they asked me to do, I helped. I'm not trying to pose myself. I got the call, and was happy to help. The last two years has kind of been ugly. As Knick fans, we know that we deserve better as a team, and anything I can do to help us get better, I'll do. We haven't won since, what, 72-73, that's a long, long time."

On his role in the process: "I'm a season-ticket holder, that's all it is. I'm a season-ticket holder."

On the rest of free agency: "This will not be the only signing. They're gonna put the pieces together. We'd love to get Carmelo [Anthony] to come back, Carmelo was born in Brooklyn. He still hasn't signed his extension yet. This thing is not over. There's no guarantee for anybody. It's gonna be an exciting basketball season next year, I know that."

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