Blood in the Garden: Spike Lee works on screen adaptation of best-selling book about 1990s Knicks

New York Knicks, Spike Lee
Oct 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; American actor and director and Knicks fan Spike Lee reacts during the fourth quarter between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Driven by the popularity of the New York Times bestselling book Blood in the Garden, Knicks superfan and Academy Award filmmaker Spike Lee is working on its screen adaptation.

Lee confirmed the news to Stefan Bondy of the Daily News during Tuesday’s grand opening of the Jackie Robinson Museum in downtown New York.

Over the weekend, Blood in the Garden author and former Knicks beat reporter Chris Herring teased about a docuseries on the scale of The Last Dance, which chronicled the Chicago Bulls’ 1990s dynasty, and a scripted TV show similar to HBO’s Winning Time based on Jeff Pearlman’s book about the Los Angeles Lakers Showtime era in the 1980s.

It’s finally happening.

Herring’s book gives an insider view and never before shared details that transpired during a tumultuous era in the history of the iconic franchise that gripped the NBA with their grit and physicality on the court. The 90s Knicks team never won a title, but their drama-filled journey anchored by franchise icon Patrick Ewing and under Pat Riley, who won four titles with the Lakers during the Showtime era before coming to New York, represented their last glorious stretch over the last four decades.

On the same day Lee confirmed the news about its upcoming screen adaptation, former US President Barack Obama endorsed Herring’s book.

Blood in the Garden: The Flagrant History of the 1990s New York Knicks is available on Amazon and in bookstores.

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