NBA: Spike Lee Meets His Match in Mike Epps

Film director Spike Lee is a known New York Knicks fan. For the current Eastern Conference second round series against Indiana, another big-name celebrity from the film industry, Mike Epps, is pulling for his hometown Pacers and giving Spike a run for his money.

May 14 2013, 9:24pm CDT | by

NBA: Spike Lee Meets His Match in Mike Epps
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When you think of the New York Knicks' loyal fan base, you always think of Spike Lee.

In the 1990s when the Knicks and the Indiana Pacers engaged in several memorable playoff battles, Lee got into it with Hall-of-Famer Reggie Miller. Miller flashed the memorable choke sign at Lee in 1994 when he scored 25 points in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of that season's Eastern Conference Finals to further intensify the teams' rivalry. 

In the 2012-13 season, the Knicks and Pacers have renewed their playoff rivalry with Indiana currently leading their second round series, 3-1. With this, a new NBA courtside celebrity has come into the fray and he is none other than Indianapolis native Mike Epps.

Epps was discovered early on as a teenager for his stand-up comedic prowess, eventually joining the Def Comedy Jam Tour in 1995. He went on to star in several movies and was also had voice roles in several films which include Dr. Doolittle 2 and Open Season 2. His most recent movie is Sparkle which was released in 2012 and also featured American Idol Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks. 

Aside from movies, Epps is also into music. One of his songs is Trying to be a Gangsta with Pooh Bear. Indianapolis local producer and promoter Amp Harris recently paired up Epps and Indiana Pacers point guard George Hill to put together a remix of the song "All Gold Everything." The song is a tribute to the Pacers, the 2012-13 NBA Central Division Champions.  

The audio track can be listened to here

Epps regularly attends Pacers games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. His website, mikeepps.com, currently features the battlecry "Pacers all day!"

He has a message for Spike Lee and all of the Knicks fans in the video below:

 

 

 

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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