10/23/2001 AT 08:47 AM EDT
In one of the more imaginative -- not to mention magnanimous -- gestures to raise money for the widows and children of the New York firemen killed on Sept. 11, director Spike Lee is auctioning off one of his courtside season tickets to the New York Knicks for the night of Oct. 30, when Michael Jordan makes his much-anticipated return to Madison Square Garden. "This is really my wife's seat," said Lee. "I want to state that right away. She was kind enough to give it up. The ticket is worth $1600 alone, but I think we are going to get substantially more. You will get to sit with me courtside for Michael's return. Also the winner will get to go in the Knicks and Wizards locker rooms after the game and meet Michael. This is historic. Monumental." Was he planning to trash talk from the sidelines? "Can't do that with Michael. I may be stupid, but I'm not ignorant. No, no, no. You don't say a word to him. Nothing." Was there a bigger Knicks fan than Spike Lee? "Maybe Woody Allen. I am just fortunate that I have the seats that I have. That night will be a great night at the Garden."