Patrick Ewing tends to win the great debate about who is the greatest Knick of all time. Spike Lee often follows as the greatest Knick fan. Not to be outdone, Woody Allen has always cheered on the Knicks, maybe not as defiantly against their rivals, or as actively as Lee by wearing a player’s jersey, or the team’s colors. His allegiance is never questioned because he is a New Yorker at heart, who is present at the games, more stoic than Mike Woodson on his worst day. Why he deserves props over Spike Lee is because he is a much more subtle and reserved admirer of the Knicks; plus, Woody Allen has been walking the Earth about as long as the organization that was founded in 1946, so he wins on seniority. Pow!
The earliest mention of the Knicks in an Allen film was in Annie Hall (1977). His character, Alvy Singer took a time out from rubbing elbows with a room full of know-it-alls to to watch the Knicks take on the Cavaliers. Last night when Woody Allen was honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, he recieved the Cecil B. DeMille award, and also received a sweet serenade from his Annie Hall co-star Diane Keaton. Big whoop. Guess what, Woody wasn’t there and he’d rather be at home in his apartment, probably watching a better tribute by the one and only, Oakley and Allen. Why should Spike be the only notable Knick fan to direct a Nike commercial? Maybe Nike’s go-to ad agency Wieden + Kennedy hollered at Woody to direct at some point, for a handsome fee of course, but you know Woody doesn’t endorse anything. As Allen so famously put it, quoting actor and comedy legend Groucho Marx, “I would never want to belong to any club that would have someone like me for a member.” And while we’ll probably never see a Nike x Woody Allen collab like the Supreme New York T-Shirt with Allen’s mug on it, we can at least visualize Woody Allen repping the Swoosh through Oakley and Allen’s new clip for The Knicks Wall.