WBC welterweight titleholder Floyd Mayweather Jr. was courtside for Thursday night’s Miami Heat victory over the New York Knicks, whose star guard, Jeremy Lin, struggled against a team led by LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.
Mayweather, who turned 35 on Friday, sat next to film director Spike Lee during the Heat’s 102-88 victory, as Lin totaled eight each in points and turnovers, shot 1-for-11 from the field, and dished out only three assists.
Meanwhile, Bosh, Wade and James put up 25, 22 and 20 points, respectively, on the way to winning for the eighth straight time.
Mayweather has taken criticism for perceived racist comments against Lin, an American-born player of Taiwanese decent who entered the Heat game averaging 23.9 points and 9.2 assists and whose play has taken the world by storm.
Lee had been one of the biggest critics of Mayweather for his comments regarding Lin, but apparently, the two made piece during the game, according to a post-game message by Lee on his Twitter account.
“Floyd Mayweather And I Had A Great Conversation Courtside,” wrote Lee during a tweet after the game. “We’re MAD COOL.ALL LOVE.2 Brotha’s.YA-DIG.”
Meanwhile, Mayweather will be in New York on Tuesday to begin promoting his challenge to WBA junior middleweight titleholder Miguel Cotto, which takes place on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mayweather and Cotto will arrive in New York after being in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Monday, and will end their tour on March 1 at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.
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