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|Kevin Garnett piled up the stats in the Celtics' first preseason game.|
You know NBA Europe Live, and the Boston bandwagon, is in good shape when superfan Spike Lee turns up courtside.The movie director, in Rome working on his latest film project, is a close friend of Ray Allen's but is better known, even to European fans, for his fanatical allegiance to the New York Knicks. Nevertheless, Lee was not going to pass on the chance of seeing an NBA game, even a preseason one, as the new-look Celtics faced the Raptors at the PalaLottomatica on Saturday. "Who do you want to win tonight? Toronto, because of all their European players?" one Italian journalist asked. "The New York Knicks," came Lee's deadpan reply. As for the Celtics, "They got three guys, three guys!" said Lee in a refrain that is bound to be heard repeatedly around the NBA this season. "Look, I don't like the Celtics. But it's good for the league if Boston is good, New York is good, the Lakers are good. "Me and Ray Allen talk a lot, I had lunch with [Raptors GM] Wayne Embry today. Ray and everybody around the Celtics is excited about the new season."
-- Ian Whittell