Spending some quality time with Spike Lee at a New York Knicks game isn't so much priceless as it is pricey.
In an attempt to raise money for his next feature film, Lee has begun a Kickstarter campaign. According to the Associated Press, (h/t Yahoo! Sports) he's looking to generate $1.25 million in funding over the next month.
In exchange for any "donations," Lee is promising a wide-ranging assortment of gifts.
Five bucks gets you a thank you tweet from Lee himself and access to behind-the-scenes project updates. Pitching in $500 will get you a pair of autographed, Spike-worn Nikes. A thousand big ones puts you on screen, as an extra in the movie. Forking over $5,000 will net you an Associate Producer credit at the end of the film.
And the coup de grace, a $10,000 pledge, will put you courtside at a Knicks game next to the diehard fanatic himself:
This Award Is For All Playa-Playas. For 10 Grand I'm Taking You to Dinner, Then You Will Have The Honor And Privilege To Sit Next To Me (IN MY WIFE'S TONYA'S SEAT) COURTSIDE - FRONT ROW IN THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE AT THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS ARENA - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN TO SEE OUR BELOVED NEW YORK KNICKERBOCKERS, ORANGE AND BLUE SKIES. IF YOU DON'T KNOW THIS IS ONE OF THE TRUE GREAT SPORTING EVENTS TODAY. YOU WILL REMEMBER THIS EXPERIENCE AS LONG AS YOU LIVE. THIS IS A VERY LIMITED ITEM. YOU SLOW - YOU BLOW. THIS IS BIG, BIG TIME. PS. KNICKS WILL BE GREAT THIS COMING NEW SEASON.
That sound you hear is piggy banks everywhere being busted open in hopes of accumulating enough scratch to back Lee's movie.
Ten grand may seem like a lot, and it is. Even for courtside seats at Madison Square Garden. But this is Spike Lee we're talking about. Taking in a Knicks game by his side at the expense of nothing other than your bank account and his wife Tonya is a reasonable bill to foot.
As Lee notes, the NBA is pretty popular right now, and attending the Knicks (with him) will be an experience that you remember for the rest of your life. (Talk about not being shy about how memorable a person you are.)
Also, Lee isn't only promising you dinner and, inevitably, a movie; he's guaranteeing the Knicks are going to be great this coming season.
Carmelo Anthony's shoulder, Amar'e Stoudemire's knee and J.R. Smith's health and nightlife be damned—if Lee says they're going to be amazing, it must be true.
So what's stopping you from pouncing at this once-or-twice-in-a-Kickstarter-campaign opportunity? Mortgage payments? Your refusal to tap into your child's college fund? Are you simply not willing to invest your life savings in a night on the town with Lee?
There are no excuses. There are only those who will seize the day.
Don't even think. Just take out that second loan against your house, apartment or that relative you're not too fond of, and get ready to sip some beers, down some cotton candy and harass some opposing players next to your favorite independent filmmaker.
That's what a true "playa-playa" would do.
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