Fans of the New York Knicks remember Reggie Miller going off in the 1994 Conference Finals, exchanging words back and forth with Spike Lee, and even giving a choke signal right to the filmmaker.

When you look back at the rivalry, it was a pretty even exchange of words between the two, but Lee clearly instigated the whole situation. But now, the new Public Enemy #1 in the Big Apple is Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, but only because Spike Lee decided it was a good idea to open his big mouth.

Earlier today, the first part of a two-part interview with Lee was released by Jared Zwerling from ESPNNewYork.com where he discusses some topics related to the Knicks. During the interview, the extremely outlandish Knicks fanatic was asked about the most interesting conversation he’s had with a visiting player.

After initially mentioning Reggie Miller in his answer, Lee eventually went with Kevin Garnett. The story about Garnett went like this:

Garnett lost it. He was cursing me out for no reason. Maybe because Stoudemire gave him 39 points, but take that vulgarity to Stoudemire. I'm not holding you and I did not even say s--- to Garnett the whole game. That really surprised me.

Now at first glance, this quote seems harmless and makes Spike Lee look like a saint. However, take a closer look at the remainder of the interview and you figure out that all he’s doing is trying to rekindle a fire that had no business being put in the spotlight. Later in the interview, Lee said this:

Garnett needs to calm the f--- down. There's no reason he should be cursing at me the way he did the last game. So you can put that in the article.

So let me get this straight: the Knicks don’t face the Celtics for another month and a half, but you decided it was a good idea to use this interview as a forum to get back at Garnett? I think even Keyshawn Johnson would say, “C’MON MAN!”

There is a time and a place for things like that to be said, but a random interview in the beginning of February when the true goal is to discuss how the Knicks are doing and the significance of Black History Month: not a smart choice. So what I’m really trying to say is this; Spike Lee, please STFU.